Police officer pushes mother, baby off 'Okada' over N100

A nursing mother and her young baby were seriously injured when a police officer pushed them off a motorcycle while trying to extort the rider.

Solomon Arase

Vanguard reports that a team of Anti-Crime police officers attached to one of the police stations in the town, allegedly mounted a road block in one of the major roads where they extorted motorists and commercial riders.

It was gathered that when the 'Okadaman' conveying the woman to her destination came along, he was flagged down but he refused to stop and that one of the officers, in an attempt to stop the Okada rider, pulled down the boy and mother, while the motorcycle was in motion.

The woman and her child were rushed to a nearby hospital while other commercial motorcycle operators in the town mobilized and staged a protest to show their displeasure over the alleged incessant extortion by policemen in the town.

Spokesman of riders, Timilehon Akinrolabu, condemned the attitude of the policemen, who he said were in the habit of extortion at illegal road block in strategic locations in the town.

“We decided to embark on the peaceful protest to tell the police that we are tired with the way they extort money from our members.

This is common when the month is about to end as they would be looking for their monthly contributions, at times they usually use their patrol vehicles to raid our parks and arrest our members over flimsy excuses."

"The police in this town are not enforcing the law at all; they are extorting money from our members, demanding N100 and N50. Another aspect of the story is that when the Okadamen get to their stations, each has to cough out between N1,500 and N2,000 for bail.”

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