A man has shared a video of how a Nigerian policeman harassed passengers of a bus travelling from Enugu to Abuja.
The young man identified as Victor Antigha Essien shared the video on his Facebook page. He explained that the officer stopped them on the road for no apparent reason.
In the post he shared, the Facebook user narrated what happened after they were stopped by the police officer on Tuesday, November 7.
According to Essien, the police officer stopped the vehicle on their way to Abuja from Enugu at a police checkpoint after Obollo in Enugu state.
He explained that the officer began to search the vehicle and every passenger in it without giving a reason why he searched them.
Essien noted that the officer picked up a laptop from a passenger and demanded to see the receipt or serial number of the device after he couldn’t find anything to charge any of them with.
The Facebook user alleged that the officer threatened to shoot them when they demanded that he should tell them why he chose to harass them.
Read his post below:
"On Tuesday morning, while traveling from Enugu to Abuja, we were stopped at a Police checkpoint after Obollo afor town, Enugu State (just before entering Otukpa community in Benue State) at about 1300hrs . The Police officer shown in the attached video began to search everything in the bus including our wallets and handbags (without a search warrant or any explanations for such invasion of our privacies).
Having found nothing on anyone, it became clearer that he was looking for a foothold to illegally extort money from innocent commuters. The hoodlum in National uniform, demanded for the receipt of a passenger's laptop (which of course is not a routine requirement for laptop use anywhere in the world) and seized the laptop when it was not produced. The video attached showed the conversation that ensued.
When we protested, this officer threatened to shoot all of us if we disobeyed his orders. He went ahead to keep us at that spot for hours because we were not forthcoming with his demands.
THIS NONSENSE MUST STOP. Do Police Officers carry the receipt of the gun they use for their duties? On what basis are we to carry receipt of laptops everywhere we go? What is the justification of a wallet search of travellers?
What have we done to the Nigerian Police to deserve these continuous bouts of humiliation at gunpoint?
I call on the Nigeria Police Force IGP to respond to this IMMEDIATELY. Educate the public about these laws of humiliation. Let's know that we, the citizens, have become slaves to law enforcement agencies.
I call on the National Assembly to look into this matter URGENTLY.
I call on the General Public to SHARE this video until this hoodlum in uniform is brought to book."
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