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Is Nigerian Police Your Friend?

What happened at the Babcock University junction on the Sagamu /Ijebu-Ode Road, Ogun State, on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 between policemen on one hand and transporters and passengers on the other hand is better witnessed than imagined.

It was like a fairy tale, but it was true.

It was a day some policemen came down hard on some transporters for failing to ply the road at the night, thereby, denying them the opportunity to make some money from the usual extortion.

Daily Sun gathered that for daring to ‘starve’ them during the night, the angry cops insisted on collecting N1,000 from each commercial bus driver, whether luxury or small. Drivers of small vehicles who were unfortunate to be on the spot during the period of madness, were not spared. In the past, a lot had been written and said about some bandits who used to wear police uniform to rob road users at night within the same vicinity. Most affected were newspaper circulation van drivers, who have to drive in the night to distribute newspapers to different parts of the country and commercial bus drivers.

Some of the drivers have had cause to recount their ordeals in the hands of robbers in police uniform, operating in Sagamu and neighbouring towns.

But the recent incident was different, as the policemen, who were already aware of the ban on night journey and, in fact, the supposedly enforcers of the ban, began to scold and harass drivers for arriving the area about 6:15a.m, instead of running between 10 p.m and 2 a.m.

Daily Sun gathered that what the drivers usually do was to leave Lagos about 9 p.m and to park their vehicles before Sagamu, only to continue the journey about 6a.m, for fear of being attacked by the bandits in police uniform. It was further learnt that it has become the practice by the drivers, to now move in convoy.

An eyewitness told Daily Sun that more than 30 drivers of luxury buses and many drivers of trucks and small vehicles decided to call the bluff of the policemen and refused to pay the N1,000. The drivers’ action incurred the wrath of the angry-looking policemen, who at a point became violent. According to him, the policemen began to ask: ‘Why didn’t you pass here in the night? You will pay us N1,000, for denying us our rights.’

He explained that they began to shoot into the air, to intimidate the drivers to part with money but to no avail. The policemen were said to have shot at the tyres of a bus and wounded one of the passengers in the process. The action was said to have provoked the drivers and passengers, who used vehicles to barricade the road as a mark of protest, resulting in traffic bottleneck.

Mr. Dan Anumaka, a passenger in one of the buses, said he had to discontinue the journey to the east and came back to Lagos, as the fracas lasted for several hours. Many people allegedly sustained injuries while a Jetta Executive car marked, DA 387LSD, belonging to the police and a small house located in the bush, suspected to be the policemen’s hideout were set ablaze.

When the angry passengers, drivers and mob stormed the building, they were shocked to find condoms, pants, female shoes, wallets, among others.

An Armoured Personnel Carrier(APC) with registration number NPF 676C was later brought to the scene to douse the tension.

Lamenting the incident, Anumaka decried the nefarious activities of the robbers in police uniform and suggested that a combined team of policemen and soldiers be drafted to the Babcock junction, which he described as a black spot.

He, however, appealed to the government not to lift the ban on night journey. Narrating what transpired between them and the police that fateful night, a driver with Evergreen transport company, who gave his name as Chiboy, disclosed that when the drivers refused to pay the N1,000, the policemen shot at his vehicle before shifting attention to another one and ordered the passengers to alight from the bus. “It was at this time that they shot one of the passengers,” he said.

Another driver, who simply identified himself as Henry also narrated how the policemen tortured him. He wondered why the police could carry two guns each. “Who owns the extra guns we found in the bush,” he queried.

Kelvin, a passenger in one of the luxury buses belonging to Izu Chukwu Transport said: “The condoms we found in the hideout is a proof that they are not here to protect life and property, but To Molest innocent women.

Another passenger, Linus, appealed to the government to deploy a team of soldiers, naval personnel and more policemen to the area as it was done at Night Mile-Benue Road, arguing that it would help reduce crime rate in the area. Meanwhile, the angry drivers have appealed to the police authorities to save them from the hands of the policemen, whom they accused of being responsible for robbery attacks in the area, and to bring those behind the July 22, 2009, incident to justice.

http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/features/crimewatch/2009/july/30/crimewatch-30-07-2009-001.htm

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Yes they are good if you have money.

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POLICE IS YOUR FRIEND.

IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY NIGERIAN TO SUPPORT THE DREADED POLICE FORCE

HELP THE POLICE TO HELP YOU

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Not just thieves but Legalised ARMED ROBBERS in uniform

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Do we have police in Nigeria? I dont think so! We only have LEGALISED THIEFS IN BLACK UNIFORM

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OPC/Bakassi are ma friends

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Question should rather be to d police,

Are the Nigerian Citizens ur friends? We all know they are not our friend, End of story!

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Yes but only when I'm loaded.

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well the Nigeria police especiallydoes around my neighborhood knows me very well they can never be my friend, whenever they see me on vehicles or okada they cant stop them because they already know me. i always make them to realize that it is not easy to be brought up inside barracks.

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There behaviour is not only an embarrassment to the nation but a disgrace to the world.

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Wetin make we use your yeye numbers do wey you dey post them here?

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08067473087, 08085788953, well it is quite unfortunate 4 night travellers, to me oo 5% of police r my friend and 95% r my enemies.

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Friend bawo olorun maje oooo

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Does Nigeria have a police force? Rumour is that what some call police are armed robbers in uniform. How true?

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THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE IS AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE NATION. THE SCENARIO DESCRIBED IS TRUE TO THEIR TYPE.

I AM VERY SURE THAT THIS WILL END ONE DAY, BUT NIGERIANS MUST MAKE IT HAPPEN, THROUGH A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION LIKE WHAT HAPPENED AT BABCOCK.

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One institution that has brought untold shame to our Nigeria is The Nigeria Police Force. It is a body in dire vneed of re-branding (including its uniform, modse of intake, road blocking etc).

That they were able to carry out such a shameful act against their fellow country men is not a surprise. As per the question whether the police is my friend, my answer is NO! They are not.

Infact, the primary concern of every police man is to extort money from the people (whom they are suppose to protect).

A chnge in their mode of operation is long overdue.

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NOT MY FRIEND, was once delayed by a MOPOL bastard for not having the[b] receipt[/b] for a keg of diesel in my trunk. Bunch of hungry illiterates!!

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Nigeria police?, I hate to talk about Nigeria police becos they are secretly hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm let just stop here.

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Those yeye people in Devil's attire? Hell No!

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Those yeye people in Devil'd atire? Hell No!

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Yeah, they can be one's Friend (to me at least)

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Nigerian Police, Bunch of Mad People

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How can the Nigeria police be ma friend? Those illitrate wolves in sheep's clothing?!

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You see in general, Nigerian Police Force are not the friend of the masses. They are friend of the government and the rich people.

However, as an individual living in Nigeria, u need a friend who is a policeman, because in Nigeria, oneday, somebody will get you in trouble or you get urself in trouble, since nearly all cases in Nigeria are dealt with at the police station, your friend might be very handy that day.

I hav sn instances, several, where having friend in black uniform turns out to be the best moment of some people lives

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They aint my friend and can never B. At times it gladdens my heart 2 hear that they where "downed" thieves. And the funniest part of it all is that some of us "applicants" want 2 B among the men in black just because of there aint jobs in the country. "make una think am well o ! If u no say u dey among D people way dey nurse D idea." that line is caused o.

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Personally, I wouldn't befriend any of them b'cos, I don't know who is who. Since everybody knows who this guys really are, why would one go ahead and make friends with such kind of people? I just wonder if there are still good cops out there in Nigeria.

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nigerian police? no. try enemy lol

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Police can never be a friend to the poor ones in Nigeria. They do as if they are doing the right thing whereas, they are only acting when their mouth have been blocked with money. Only the rich ones are friends of policemen,

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There is a particular police man I would honestly luv to kill with my own hands any time I get back Naija if I mistakenly cross path with him . . . He and his cohorts maltreated me just cos they saw an old blackberry phone and motorola razor in my car in panti at yaba and they requested for their receipts, I didnt have receipts simply cos the phones were not new, I only volunteered to help one of my bosses unlock the phone in ikeja as the phones were sent to her from the US. They threatened me with guns. . .Saying I must confess that I stole the phones and eventually they took all the cash I had on me, cash running to 4k. . . . damn that day was horrible. I marked his face cos I seriously had vengeance boiling in me. . . Seriously I just felt they all deserved to die . . .

Need I still answer the poster's question?

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yes, the police is your friend only if they know something cash will come off you.

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Nigeria police are not my friend and can never be. I HATE THEM WITH PASSION, They are nothing but pieces of rags, nothing but bunch of idiots

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How can the Nigerian Police be your friend? I mean, seriously how? They are unfeeling, callous and down right murderous when given the chance. They take your money at check points, mistreat you, and even before they take your money, they blag you first. You got to treat them with utmost caution, like vicious attack dogs. You never know when they are going to turn around and bite you.

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Honestly i have thought over this issue over and over again, but still cant say anthing good about the Nigerian police, they are so dirty, filtyh, corrupt, i wish i had more words to describe them, if i had my way, i would prosecute every police man collecting Egunje or money on the way by hanging or firing squad, ther irritate me, i wonder if the FG does not pay them. Nigerian police are not our friends at all in any way, they dont even ensure our safety, they are so useless i just hate their activities. i personally would be involved in any activity that would rid these dirty people from the Nigerian force.

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the proponent of this theory certainly don't understand what friendship is. Pls refer them to the Holy Bible. Jesus Christ Clearly define who a friend is. take note

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They should be viewed as a weathercock. When they blow in your direction, they can be your friends. But when they turn elsewhere, scram.

Once robbers raided our estate and they responded in 5 mins to the distress call. I was highly surprised.

Aside that, not too much to smile about from their angle.

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They can be your friend sometimes and your foe at other times. Imagine if the police were to go on a one week strike. The crime rate would be terrible.

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I seriously fear these animals called Nigerian police.

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I don't think we can blame the Police Officers for what the Government as failed to do. Police collecting bribes today cannot be blamed on them rather than the govt. Am sorry, but until the govt stand up to their constitutional duties, Naija police would always be naija police. I think they are alright sha but definitely need OD intervention.

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friend ke?lai lai!!!!!!!!i dislike them wit a passion!!!!!!

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Most of those educated ones in Suprintendent cadre and above are manageable but those punks below IP rank that work the streets are rogues.

I'd thread softly anytime.

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I had this vivid experience with the Police in Ijesha Surulere in 2001

It was about 9.00PM four guys in driving with an expired vehicle license. (or so we thought)

We got pulled over at the check-point and one of them with an AK-47

1: asked us all to come out of the car for a body search, we did, he searched our pockets, shoes, back, butts

2: asked to see our ID or Drivers license (only one of us had a job that came with an ID, 1 with a Drivers license and Me and teh other guy had no sort of ID)

3: I noticed he had a hausa accent as he spoke so i proceeded to greet him in Hausa and try to strike up a jocular conversation, he obliged, so i bought him a cigarette, while the others search the hood for the Chassis and Engine number.

4: My friend apparently impatient and pissed asked them to hurry up that it was  dark and there have been robberies of late.

5: My Hausa friend heard and immediately lost it that instant. He rushed up to my guy and slapped him across the face,

6: All the remaining policemen (3) immeidately took of their name tags as my friend threatened to make reports and even use Voodoo to curse them all.

7: At that point i noticed that , hey, this Hausa dude was actually half-sober and his breath stank of that ol nigga (paraga).

8. I mustered the courage  to engage him once more with a bottle of Squadron and a chocky smile. he again obliged. and we talked about the hard police life, low salaries, dangerous working conditions and life generally.

9: We were let off the hook this time,

One small Squadi, hhmmn i wondered. I pity the next fool they come across that night.

The Police is definitely not my Friend

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Never u call them ur friend. The day u do so then get ready to write ur WILL

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how can 9ja police be your friend?

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NPF ko, FBI ni

menn! those guyz aint worth 2 be calld sum1's friend even wen ur d complainant.

Even peeps dat wanna go 4 recruitment in2 d NPF have interior motives & baised mind 4 join.

Those black ninjas can neva change even if u pay dem in £ &$. God save those cursed entities

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Police is who's friend?.

In '05 they shot a millionaire's son from my hometown, took all his dollars and  'arranged' his body like an armed robber with guns etc.

When his true identity was revealed, the police men involved regretted the day they were born.

Some were man-handled to death in prison.

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