Motorists in Imo State and other South-east Nigeria have continued to suffer undue threats, intimidation, extortion and forceful collection of their properties from the hands of Nigeria Police Officers who ordinarily should protect them, writes our Correspondent.
Last night, Saturday 4th November 2017 under the uncompleted bridge at the Orji-Okigwe Road, Owerri, some Mobile Police Officers wielding guns were seen constituting heavy traffic on that road and extorting N50 notes from Keke operators.
My team was in one of the tricycles between 8.00 and 9.00pm that Saturday heading to our hotel somewhere around “Ama Waya”.
When it got to the turn of our operator, he simply called the officer and explained that he had settled before. Guess they understand their rules. The flash of the white torchlight ransacked his face and the “officer” asked him to move on.
But just about ten feet from him, another elderly fellow on black trousers, white bathroom slippers, a black T-shirt and a Barret pulled round his head double-crossed the operator pointing a pistol on his face.
“Stop there, idiot! Where a you going?”
“But Officer, I have settled naaw!”, returned the operator.
“Settled who; when, you think say I no see you”?, queried the “Officer”
“I don explain to that officer…”, the operator tried to explain again.
“My friend park that keke there and come down before I finish you”, the “officer” threatened, while still pointing the gun at the face of the keke rider.
The young man came down and followed him behind the tricycle. He came back in less than a minute’s later and we rode off.
In law, dictionary.com describes “Robbery” as “ the felonious taking of the property of another from his or her person or in his or her immediate presence, against his or her will, by violence or intimidation” while “armed robbery” is also defined as “a robbery in which the robber is armed with a dangerous weapon”
Oxforddictionary.com defined it as “the action of taking property unlawfully from a person or place by force or threat of force” while “Armed robbery” is defined as “(An act of) robbery committed by a person or group carrying weapons, now especially firearms”
There are so many other definitions describing the activities of the police in Owerri, and entire South-east as robbery and armed robbery that needed to be brought to the attention of the Inspector-General of Police, Idris Kpotun Ibrahim and to the Chief Security Officer of Imo state, Owele Anayor Rochas Okorocha.
If Keke operation has been restricted within major roads in Owerri state capital, operators arrested should be impounded and completely stopped from operation. But allowing them to operate and using them as illegal money-making machines in the most despicable manner of gangsterism does not portray good and clean image for the Nigeria Police Force.
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