The rising rate of police extortion in the southeastern region of Nigeria is becoming unbearable. Many motorists have complained bitterly about their ordeal in the hands opolice men, who’s criminal actions is pushing the peaople to their limits
At Onuebonyi checkpoint for instance, motorists have complained that the Nigerian police force have turned the place into an extortion point instead of security checks they are assigned to carry out.
The situation has become so disturbing that the motorists have called on the attention of the Commissioner of police in the State, CP Augustina Ogbodo to come their aid. They are demanding the Commissioner relocate the police men out of the state.
Expressing his displeasure, a tricycle operator, Mr Emmanuel Igwe frowned at the attitude of the team who according to him has shifted interest from securing the lives of the people to making the place a toll gate.
“We Keke riders are their major target and we pay between 200-500, and 1000 naira each time we pass the checking point or better say, toll gate
. “They mandated us to pay same amount even if you are carrying a passenger that’s going to the nearest Sharon junction and you pay same while coming back; the situation is worrisome and pathetic. “I spend more money than I use in fueling my Keke even when price of fuel is high, but we have no option as they will force you to pay over one thousand naira if you dare challenge them.
A motorists (bus driver), Mr Ojeogu Michael lambasted the security men stating that though they’re not against the security checking point, but the men have derailed from their lawful duty.
They are calling on the state Commissioner of Police to address the issue of extortion and harassments at various check points in Ebonyi state as attitude of some officers towards money are causing the motorists and the people untold hardship.
SOURCE: The authority
IMAGE: Crime watch