A young man who tried to take pictures of the police taking bribes was arrested in the process.
A young Nigerian man who, instead of minding his business but decided to meddle in the affairs of the police, was given a bitter pill to swallow as the officers of the law got him arrested: his crime? He took pictures of the police officers trying to negotiate a bribe from a commercial motorist.
The incident which happened on Tuesday, June 23, saw Thompson Ntiedo, trying to carry out an act of bravery by taking photos of officers attached to the Okota Police Station, Lagos, but the act backfired as the police officers saw him and he was promptly arrested and detained for three hours before he was bailed following the intervention of some human rights activists.
Ntiedo narrated his ordeal on social media:
“I was in a commercial bus when we got to the area and one of the policemen on the road was demanding that our driver bribe him. I brought out my phone and captured him and they saw me. They dragged me out of the bus and seized the phone I used to take the pictures.
They said I was under arrest but I begged that they should delete the pictures and release me but they refused.
The next thing, they called the station and a patrol van appeared and they demanded that I enter because the DPO wants to see me. I was there from 6pm to 9pm.
Afterwards, they asked me to go home and report back by 9am the following day. But before I was released, I had to call one of my brothers with my second phone to come and bail me after parting with some money."