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A nursing mother and her son were
injured in an accident caused by
attempt by a policeman to extort N100
from a commercial motorcyclist, Okada
man, in Ondo town, Ondo State.
Eyewitness account said trouble started
when 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.
Vanguard learned 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. Mother and child were rushed
to the hospital, while commercial
motorcycle operators staged a peaceful
protest to show their displeasure over
alleged incessant extortion by
policemen in the town.
It was gathered that the protest, which
started at about 9:30a.m. was led by
leaders of the association.
They reportedly protested to all the
three divisional police stations in the
Spokesman of Okada men, 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.
He said: “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 used their patrol
vehicles to raid our parks and arrest our
members over flimsy excuses.”
However, the state police command
has, however, denied the allegation of
extortion by its officers. A top police
officer in Ondo town said that Okada
riders who were arrested had no
identification numbers on the
motorcycles. Speaking in confidence,
the officer added that the directive was
to guide against crime in the state.
“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 go their stations, each
have to cough out between N1,500 and
N2,000 for bail.”
He explained that they were at the
police stations to show their
displeasure over the development, just
as he called on the relevant authorities
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