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Okada Riders In Onitsha Protest Extortion, Harassment By Police |RN

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Commercial Motorcyclists known as ‘Okada riders’ in local parlance

Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha |

The commercial motorcycle operators known as ‘Okada’ took to the streets and roads of Onitsha protesting the force a police patrol team for allegedly knocking down one operator, and for harassment and extortion by police in the state capital.

The group in their numbers blocked the old market road with their motorcycles in protest against officers from Inland Town Police Station who is said to have knocked down an Okada rider at ABS junction, Awka road Onitsha.

They operators caused serious gridlock along the road for some time before they continued their movement.

They later went to various police stations in the commercial city to register their grievance, appealing to the government and police authorities to call the police patrol teams to order for allegedly harassing and extorting money from them.

A spokesperson of the group Mr. Linus Chukwuma lamented that the knocking down of an elderly man by the patrol team with the intention of seizing his motorcycle triggered them to mount their protest, stressing that it was not the first time such thing would happen.

He accused police of frequently targeting Okada riders who earn a living on the job, stressing that their motorcycles are indiscriminately seized and remanded at police stations if they refuse to “settle” on the road, that and when it gets to the station more money for the collection of their machines would be paid. 

“We are protesting the harassment and extortion of Okada riders by police in Onitsha. We are appealing to the government and police authority to help to stop it because it’s becoming too much for us bear. We will come in the morning to go find what to feed our family members, police will collect the money one way or the other. Police will stop you on the road, [but] instead of asking about your documents or driver’s license what he will do is to ask you to get down from your bike and the next thing is for them to carry your bike to the station for no just cause. They will tell you to come to the station to carry it and when you get there, they will tell you to pay N3200 before you carry it,” the spokesman said.

“This afternoon the police patrol team from Inland Town Police Station knocked down an Okada rider, an elderly man at Awka road Onitsha; he is now between life and death. We don’t know whether he will survive it or not; he was rushed to the hospital. The policemen and the civilians they used to arrest motorcycles ran away immediately the incident happened. Police should leave us alone on the road, we are not thieves.”

“There is hunger in the land that is why we are riding Okada to feed our families; is it better to go and steal? If we leave our motorcycles and start robbery, it is the same policemen that will be arresting us for stealing; why should they be disturbing us while carrying out our legitimate duties. Most us are driving hire-purchase [motorcycles] to pay the owner between N400, 000 and N 500, 000. We have children paying their school fees, we are paying for house rent…” Chukwuma lamented.

In swift reaction, the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO) in charge of Inland Police Station, Mr. A.N Kayinde, a Superintendent of Police (SP), said that the briefing from the patrol team officers revealed that the police van was following the Okada man along the road and immediately he saw police at his back he turned with force and fell inside the gutter, and that the same policemen rescued him and took him to the hospital for treatment.

He wondered why the Okada man was running when he saw a police patrol vehicle, but promised to get the root of the matter, saying that after treatment he would hear his own angle, saying also that he would not condone any act that would tarnish image of the police. (The Sun)

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Biafra: MASSOB Accuses Army Of Harassment, Seizure Of Properties |RN

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From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra [(MASSOB) otherwise known as Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), on Thursday, alleged that the men of the Nigerian Army harassed and conscripted their properties along the Afikpo-Owerri Road.

Briefing newsmen after their meeting in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, the leader of MASSOB/BIM in Ebonyi South zone, Mr. Sunday Ezaka, accused the military of seizing their properties while they were returning from Owerri, Imo State.

He lamented that despite the non-violence posture being maintained by the freedom seekers, the Nigerian security agencies have been harassing, arresting and locking them up in the prisons.

“Last time when we were coming back from Owerri at Masters Energy Checkpoint in Abia mounted by the Military, three of our vehicles were stopped and we were ordered to come out from our vehicles.

“They saw that we are MASSOB BIM in our uniforms both the war veterans; they asked why we should wear the uniforms with all our logos and handout books written Biafra; they said that we should give it to them and until now they have not called us for a recovery of our property.

“They seized 50 of our security uniforms, handout books titled Echo Biafra 10, shoes 15, T-shirts on MASSOB security 50, boots 50; they said they were going to investigate but up till now they have not called us for claims. On 13th of last month, the Area Command of Afikpo Police Division came and pulled down our sign post from our secretariat at Amasiri, Okigwe road” he narrated.

Reacting on the call by President Muhammadu Buhari’s on the Igbo to forget about Biafra and embrace one Nigeria, Ezaka said that the actualisation of state of Biafra is a must.

“The clamour for Biafra is actualisable and you will soon see it. MASSOB Bim started the BIAFRA struggle. I saw in the national dailies that Buhari visited Ebonyi state and said that Igbo don’t need Biafra; I want to clearly let him know that he is making a mistake by uttering such comments” said he.   (The Sun)

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Patience Jonathan Petitions Reps, Alleges Harassment By EFCC, NDLEA |RN

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                        Patience Jonathan

 

John Ameh, Abuja

Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience, has petitioned the House of Representatives, seeking protection against alleged “relentless” harassment by agents of the Federal Government, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Mrs Jonathan also listed the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency and the Federal Inland Revenue Service among agencies of the government that were allegedly harassing her.

She alleged that the agencies had continued to attack her and her associates since her husband left office in May 2015.

Mrs Jonathan’s petition was laid before the House in Abuja on Thursday by a lawmaker from Rivers State, Mr Gogo Bright-Tamuno, on behalf of her lawyers, Granville Abibo.

The House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, admitted the petition and referred it to the Committee on Public Petitions for hearing.

She claimed that on many occasions, the EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, ordered raids to be carried out on property linked to her or her relations in a bid to ridicule her.

She stated that the raids were in addition to the freezing of all her bank accounts, non-governmental organisations and those of companies owned by her relations in violation of legal procedures.

Mrs Jonathan further alleged that raids on her property were often carried out in the absence of the occupants of such properties with “spurious” court orders.

The former President’s wife complained that she had yet to know why out of all the “former first ladies” in Nigeria, she was the only one singled out for harassment by the agents of the Federal Government.

The petitioner cited 13 of such instances, one of which she said was the February 2017 report against her by Magu to the authorities in the United Kingdom to “forestall the renewal of her visa and other travelling documents.”

Mrs Jonathan also alleged that there were assassination attempts on her life twice between February and April by EFCC agents.

The petition partly read, “Only recently, on the 8th and 9th June 2017, the EFCC commenced another fresh orchestration of raids on the personal properties of the NGOs of our client situate at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Expressway, Mabuchi by Setraco Junction, Abuja and ransacked the building.

“They placed seals around it, all without any lawful court order or summons.

“The recent action has agitated the urgent need for this petition to your office. The harassment against our client has persisted unabated.” (Punchng.com)

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