A Policeman attached to the Horgan Bassey Police Division in Lagos State was on Tuesday mobbed and manhandled by angry motorcycle riders (Okada Riders) at Ojuelegba area over what they described as illegal seizure of the motorcycle of one of their colleagues.
Eye witness account has it that the policeman popularly known as Seriki stopped one of the okada riders two weeks ago and seized his motorcycle for disobeying traffic law. He said the man knowing that he is guilty of the offence pleaded with Seriki who demanded the sum of Ten Thousand Naira (10,000) before the motorcycle will be released to him. Our source further revealed that the okada man begged the police officer (Seriki) asking him to take two thousand naira which he explained was all the money he had made that day but Seriki refused and took the motorcycle away maintaining that if he couldn’t complete the said amount the motorcycle will be taken to the station.
He further revealed that, the Okada Man went to the station days later to bail his motorcycle but discovered that the motorcycle wasn’t there. Shocking still was the discovery that, on the day the motorcycle was seized, Seriki was not on duty.
The incident was reported to the station officer of Horgan Bassey Division, who Infuriated, ordered that the Okada Men fetch Seriki from wherever they could find him and bring him to the station.
Seriki was found at Ojuelegba roundabout where he was mobbed in the presence of other policemen including his partner Balogun who could not help him at that point.
A Policeman who pleaded anonymity also revealed to our reporter that Seriki and his partner Balogun are notorious for molesting and extorting money from okada riders and taxi-drivers. He said the disgrace served him right adding that, the likes of Seriki and Balogun are the bad eggs painting a bad image of the Nigerian Police Force.
As at the time of filing this report, the motorcycle was yet to be found.