Lagos Police rescued a debtor, Reuben Alozie, who was tied to a stake by his creditor, for an unpaid debt of N4.6 million in the Ebute-Metta area of Lagos.
Adekunle Ajisebutu, the police spokesman, said the rescue was made possible following a report from the victim’s wife.
According to the police, the creditor tried several means to recover his money without success. He then resorted to self-help by tying up the debtor for around 24 hours before police came to his aid.
Mr Ajisebutu said the creditor was arrested by officers attached to Denton police station, while the victim was rescued.
“The suspect tied the victim to a stick with ropes at No. 29 Abeokuta Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos from 22-23 September when he was eventually rescued by the police.
“According to the suspect, he resorted to self-help after several failed attempts to recover his money from the victim,” the statement said.
Mr Ajisebutu said the victim’s wife, Angela Reuben, reported to the police station that her husband had been deprived of his liberty by the suspect who was holding him hostage, a report which led to the operation of rescue.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, is warning Lagosians to take justice into their own hands instead of taking legal action to seek justice.
Mr. Odumosu ordered that the suspect be transferred to the command’s tactical team for a diligent investigation and prosecution.
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