In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 09th, August, 2020

Delta Policemen Now Accumulate Bribes With PoS machines

Delta Policemen Now Collect Bribes With PoS machines

Sunday Uzorga

Sunday Ozorga

A 54-year-old driver, Mr Sunday Uzorga, at present battling with chest ache after he was allegedly brutalised by policemen at Nsukwa junction space in Delta State, narrates his ordeal and the way policemen use point-of-sale machines to extort cash from motorists, on this interview with MATTHEW OCHEI

Who are you and what do you do?

My title is Sunny Uzorga from Kwale, Delta. I’m a driver. I work with Delta Respect Motors, plying the Asaba-Ughelli route.

What brought about the bruises in your physique?

I obtained the bruises on my method to Ughelli on July 28, after I used to be overwhelmed by policemen at a checkpoint.

What did you do?

I did nothing. The policemen that keep round Nsukwa junction flagged down my automobile and I finished. They requested certainly one of my passengers to get down from the automobile and he did. Then they began checking the contents of the pockets of the younger man.

They discovered two telephones in his pockets and stated they’d not launch him, however I begged them to launch him. I defined to them that since I used to be the one who carried him from the park, there was no approach I might convey him to the junction and go away him behind. One of many policemen, an inspector, shouted at me and later ordered the younger man to enter their van.

The inspector threatened to shoot my tyres. I begged him not to do this.  One other police inspector requested the different inspector to depart me however he refused. Out of the blue, the primary inspector hit me within the chest and I fell down.

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They began threatening the younger man and finally took him someplace. They collected N20,000 from him even although he didn’t commit any offence.

I managed to drive to Ugheli and later went for therapy as a result of I used to be badly injured however my chest nonetheless hurts.

Did they gather the N20,000 in money?

The younger man gave the policemen money.

When did the incident occur?

 

It was within the daytime, round 1pm.

Did you report the incident at any police station or to the administration of the park?

By the point I returned to Asaba on that day, it was already late. So, the next morning, after my therapy on the Federal Medical Centre, I went to police headquarters to lodge a grievance with the assistance of a human rights activist, Mr Victor Ojei, although the policemen have been calling and begging me over the incident.

How had been they capable of attain you?

One of many inspectors, the chief of the crew, collected my quantity after the incident. He additionally referred to as me once I obtained to Ugheli. He advised me that he had gone to the headquarters to report the incident. I even have the phone variety of the inspector that assaulted me.

How had been you capable of deal with your self?

There isn’t any cash. I really feel very unhealthy. I’m nonetheless in ache and my chest hurts; I can’t go to work. I don’t even have cash to deal with myself. The authorities will not be doing their greatest. They ought to monitor the policemen on the checkpoints very effectively as a result of they do plenty of unsuitable issues there.

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What do you intend to do now?

That’s why I’m making an attempt to share my story with the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Hafiz Inuwa; Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; and the Inspector Basic of Police, in addition to different Nigerians, so they may know the actions of the policemen. They’re like hoodlums.

Why do you describe them as hoodlums?

I’m a driver, and drivers are all the time on the street. We learn about their evil actions on the street. We all know how they drive passengers and personal automobile drivers to offer them cash, even by way of POS machines. They may drive you to switch cash to their accounts earlier than leaving you and you’ll have nobody to struggle for you. They threaten us such that we received’t have any choice however to do the switch. In reality, they’re robbing passengers on the street. They’ve their very own POS machines. They do it to different motorists as effectively however we can’t speak as a result of they’ve energy. Once they arrest you, they may begin searching by means of your telephones, asking how a lot you’ve got in your account. Then they threaten you and let you know to switch cash to them.

What would you like the IGP and the CP to do?

They need to monitor the actions of these policemen. In the event you ship folks to work, it’s your obligation to observe them to know if they’re doing effectively. Concern won’t make transporters communicate out. If not due to this incident, I might not have stated something as effectively. Why would an outdated man like me be overwhelmed like a toddler with out committing any crime?

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What number of kids do you’ve got?

I’ve eight kids. I’m nonetheless battling how you can handle them, particularly on this coronavirus pandemic. The police are supposed to guard us. Why are they turning themselves to our nightmare? They need to search for methods to deal with me. My chest is paining me severely.

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Supply: Sunday PUNCH

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