I write to report an abuse perpetrated by some police officers in Lagos state; it happens in Lagos almost on a daily basis but this time, I was the victim.
At about 4.30pm today (16-Dec-2013), we were accosted by four police officers (in mufti) along airport road from Oshodi, who wrongly accused us of driving ONE-WAY and that they were attached to Lagos State Task Force. They identified themselves with Nigerian Police ID card.
We inquired why there was no LASTMA official with them if truly they were attached to traffic task force (there was no convincing response) and we therefore did not succumb to them. They then decided we go to Makinde Divisional office with them but we insisted we would go to Akinpelu police Division so we can be sure of their identity and that they are not on illegal duty.
While we successfully took them to Church Street, two of them (the police officers) brought out Pistol and they were drunk. They insisted on taking N20,000 but they forcefully took N5,000 from me.
I successfully identified one of them as PATRICK ABAH.
For over one week some terribly armed boys have been terrorising Ajenipa street, Bariga Lagos
with Guns, specifically at night and just yesterday in the Afternoon they attacked about 2:00pm there has been no response from the police to tackle those boys.
We ask the police authorities to come to our rescue before things gets worse with us here.
Several cases of people being unlawfully molested by officers of the Nigeria police force had gone unnoticed and unreported. Eniola Samuel Daniel went through an awful experience in the den of a police officer he identified as Fegbon Olabode on Sunday 16 Nov. 2013 on his way home from a church in Kosofe in Lagos.
He shares his experience
I was molested and treated like a Criminal by a Police officer, Fegbon Olabode and left with nothing to tell or conceive in my heart than pain and hatred for my own fatherland.
This is what happened, I was returning from church on this fateful day and when I got to the bus stop at Kosofe, I boarded a bus going to my destination (Oshodi) unknown to me that the driver had committed an offense that brought the present of a police officer into the bus. My thought was that the police was just a passenger going to the same destination.
After moving for 30 minute from where the bus took off, the police ordered the driver to stop the car and get everybody off the bus. This was beside barrack before Oshodi in LASTMA office and this happened at 12:50 pm. We started pleading on behalf of the driver. Some women eventually got fed up and started wrangling with the officer.
We continued to to plead with the police to allow the driver take us to where we are going or talk to the driver to refund our money so we can get another bus.
The officer rather surprised all of us with his response; the response was gruesome as he opened up tear gas on everyone, he called on his colleague and all the boys in the disputed bus were arrested including me.
How I was brutalized
I was hit with a gun and dragged to their base, I was slapped and beaten for doing nothing, I was tear-gassed the second time, hit with iron.
When their boss came around, Olabode (the police officer who arrested us) was asked why we are in their custody, he replied that many of the boys were taking pictures of him and some were recording, while I dragged his gun with him.
After much explanation, their boss, without any trouble, freed everyone to go home.
I am saying this because am having problem with hearing as I write you this, I went to the hospital but could not afford the hospital bill. I have nobody in Lagos, No lawyer; justice is not even in my support. I am in pain and I can not do anything to help my self. Many people are brutalized and killed for nothing in the hand of police.
Nigeria Police Watch condemn this reckless act of the police and call on all relevant authorities to ensure that bad eggs in the system are fished out and dealt with appropriately.
Nigeria police officers in conjunction with Custom officers, NDLEA officers, and quarantine officers are busy harassing and extorting money from travellers departing Muritala Mohammed Airport Lagos (MMA). If they happen to find out one is carrying native Nigerian food like garri, egusi etc they try to harass, detain and embarrass the person if he/she refuse to give them money.
Please this should be investigated and officers behind it held accountable. The Nigerian airport is the only airport in the world where travellers are made to go through hell.
The rate criminal activities go on without probe by the police in
Anambra State is disheartening.
The most recent case is that of a gang of criminals who operate
normally late at night and early mornings. They use mini buses
to carry out their activities (one chance).They would lure their
victims into the bus by shouting "old road" or "toll gate". When
unsuspecting commuters boards the bus, they will first of all beat and
club them to the point of death before ripping them off.
How can this be happening with out the police taking notice? Please
use your professional tactics and fish out these bad guys before this
crime grows more than it is now.
This is to draw the attention of the police and other relevant security operatives to the Apongbon Bridge, Marina Lagos state. Some hoodlums keep terrorising the area without fear of apprehension. They have made it a point of duty to keep terrorizing Motorists who pligh the route every morning and in the evening during traffic hours and most especially those who usually leave their car windows retracted downwards. These hoodlums are fully armed and do all sorts to get to their victims.
I call on the Police to take swift actions on this report as the situation is getting worse by the day.