Motorists To Rivers New CP: Stop Police From Illegal Extortion

Motorists To Rivers New CP: Stop Police From Illegal Extortion

…says N100 bribe is now compulsory

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Motorists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital have called on the new Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Foluso Adebanjo to discourage the attitude of officers who have made N100 bribe as compulsory.

The motorists made this demand 24 hours after Tricycle riders popularly called Keke, plying Ada-George road, Rumueme in Obio/Akpor Local government area of the state protested over continuous extortion and harassment by police officers attached to Rumukpakani Police Station.  

When The post sorts the opinions of some drivers and residents of the state on the matter, they noted that to stop the compulsory bribe always demanded by  police officers,  the state must have a discipline Police Chief.

Mr. Paul Akujiobi, a commercial driver said the only thing they expect from the new CP is to discourage illegal extortion on the road and a serious fight against cultists in the state.

He said police officers no longer do their constitutional duties but on how to extort money from poor drivers under duress, adding that some officers do accused drivers of crime they did not commit just because such driver refuses to give N100 bribe.

Mr. Williams Ojo, another driver, who alleged that he was locked up in Police cell three days ago because he disobeyed a woman police officer who demanded for N100, bribe because he picks a passenger at Mile 3 Bus-stop.

He said the new CP should assist them to discipline officers who have made it a habit to chase commercial drivers all over Port Harcourt because of N100 bribe thereby neglecting other serious issues like the insecurity in the state to tackle.

Ojo said: “The only thing I will say is that the new CP should stop the excessive demand for bribe by officers. Police in the state are doing a lot of illegal businesses which has made them to ignore their constitutional responsibility.

“Let me reveal this secret to you, when you go to mile 1 market and railway market at Education Bus-stop those people selling there contribute to police on daily basis, so there are a lot of extortions that I would want the new CP to stop.”     

Mr.  Chijioke, a Keke rider said what he wants is for the new CP to demolish the road block by Rumukpakani police at the front of their police station in Ada-George road, stressing that they have turned the road block to bank.

“Every day and night they are there. They don’t beg us they made it compulsory as you pass you must pay your N100. If you give them less than that, you are in trouble and if don’t pay then ready for their harassment and intimidation.”