Nigerian Policemen collected N40,000 from us, made us miss our flight — College students Two college students of the Alex Ekwueme Federal College, Ikwo,…
Nigerian Policemen collected N40,000 from us, made us miss our flight — College students
Two college students of the Alex Ekwueme Federal College, Ikwo, Ebonyi state, have narrated how some policemen hooked up to the Airport Command, Ikeja, Lagos, allegedly extorted N40,000 from them, whereas on their option to board a flight again to highschool, final Saturday.
The scholars: Michael Ekene Okonkwo and Udo Chukwu Maduforo, had been in a cab heading to the native airport, when their car was flagged by a workforce of policemen in entrance of Golden Tulip resort, on Airport highway.
They acknowledged that the policemen searched them, however didn’t discover something incriminating on them.
They stated they pleaded with the policemen to permit them to catch a flight to highschool and confirmed them their identification playing cards however that their pleas fell on deaf ears.
The scholars instructed Crime Guard that “they harassed us, delayed us with out telling us what our offence was.
“They searched our baggage and didn’t discover something. Certainly one of them pushed us within the face and on the finish collected N40,000 from us. on the finish of the day we missed our flight”.
One of many college students’ moms who spoke with Vanguard, Mrs Evelyn Okonkwo, defined that “Once I acquired a name from my son that they had been held by the police, I shortly headed for the spot and on the similar time prayed that there shouldn’t be the discharge of an unintended bullet. All I wished to know was the offence they dedicated that warranted their being held.
“Earlier than I obtained to the spot, he referred to as once more to inform me that the policemen had launched them to go after extorting N40,000 from them.
“The cash was meant for his or her repairs at school. By the point they arrived on the airport, their flight had left.
“They missed their Air Peace flight scheduled for 11:40 am. They needed to return house and journey on Sunday morning at an additional value”, she acknowledged.
Describing the motion of the policemen as an act of corruption and wickedness, the Government Director, Rule of Legislation and Accountability Advocacy Centre, Okechukwu Nwanguma, referred to as on Police authorities to research the matter and produce the erring officers to guide.
Nwagunma expressed disappointment that regardless of the present raging problem of police corruption and abuse of energy “ which has once more put Nigeria within the highlight of worldwide opprobrium, these officers couldn’t be deterred or persuaded to verify their greed for cash acquired by extortion.
“That is surprising for 2 causes: That cops skilled and paid to serve and defend residents might descend to holding students- younger individuals who could possibly be their children- to ransom and ignored their explanations that they had been college students going again to highschool and their plea to allow them to go since they weren’t discovered with something incriminating- in order that they’d not miss their flights. They robbed them of their cash and made them miss their flight”.
RULAAC in line with him, “has the authority of the households of those harmless victims of unmitigated police corruption and abuse of energy to demand that: The Commissioner of Police, Airport Command, Ikeja, identifies these despicable corrupt officers, ensures that they refund the whole sum of money they extorted from these hapless college students in addition to refund the whole value of their tickets.
“The full value is N186,400. A breakdown of the quantity is N33,000 X 2= 66000( for the missed flight ticket). They paid an additional N80,400 to reschedule as a result of it was enterprise class.
“The CP ought to be sure that the officers concerned on this prison act which contravenes Police skilled requirements and which brings the picture of the police to additional disrepute be subjected to applicable disciplinary measures in accordance with the police guidelines and laws. That is necessary for deterrence.
“RULAAC additionally calls for that the CP takes any additional actions he deems essential to treatment the violation of the rights of the scholars, reassure the victims and most people that the command doesn’t condone or tolerate corruption and abuse of police powers. These are essential to redeem the picture of the NPF”.
Efforts to succeed in the Police Public Relations Officer, Airport Command, SP Olayinka, proved abortive as he didn’t reply to calls put throughout to his cell phone.
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