Some policemen were reportedly disgraced today after they seized a power bike belonging to a man while on his way to work.
According to the man identified as Nmutaka Chikwendu, he was accosted by the officers after they sighted him on his bike, and before they could take action passers-by had already surrounded them asking them if the bike was a commercial motorcycle popularly referred to as Okada.
They, however, refused to release the bike until one of the people in the crowd put a call through to the Police Command and other top hierarchy in the police force.
Read his full story below:
So…..I was heading to work this morning dodging massive potholes and meandering through heavy traffic. The Nigerian Police decided to arrest me because “bikes are banned”. The 2 things that stood out for me the most were:
1. The speed with which a huge crowd built up. Within a short while, people were yelling at the cops. “Is this one okada”?
2. How unintelligent our cops are. A team of 4 senior officers with guns could not say anything meaningful beyond “they sent us a signal to arrest all bikes”
A good Samaritan parked his car…showed them the broadcast sent by Lagos state police command. They refused to read it. He then called the numbers in the broadcast and the policemen refused to speak with their superiors. The man put his phone on speaker and we could all hear the police command asking if it was Okada and the whole crowd roared “No!”
Our street crew cops refused to budge. The Samaritan eventually called their DPO who asked them to release me….then they started looking for one Officer Ojo of Ifako police station who took my bike key and went away.
The crowd kept building…..policemen became scared. Tried to disperse the crowd. People refused to budge. I actually started getting worried and started asking people to leave. They said they wouldn’t move until I was released. Eventually, the Ojo fellow sauntered out with my key and I started my bike….revved it a few times which drew cheers from the crowd…..and continued heading to work.