THE Kingdom Coordinators and Chapters Leaders Forum of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, are worried over the way the Nigerian police extort money from motorists at checkpoints on the Eleme-Bori axis of the East-West road, in Rivers State.
A statement signed by Frank Jonah, chairman, MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum, and emailed to Realnews said the situation was embarrassing and shameful for the reputation of the Nigerian Police.
It also condemned security personals who exploit innocent Ogonis plying the East-West road by extorting money from drivers and neglecting security which is the key reason for posting them to the area.
“We particularly note the notoriety of the activities of the Federal Highway Patrol teams on the Eleme-Bori road whose focus have almost shifted to looking for avenues for extortion rather than providing security on the East-West Road.
“An embarrassing situation which occurred yesterday when hoodlums took over parts of the East-West road attests to the laxity of the police force. Of course, they could not have detected the influx of miscreants to the Akpajo axis of the road while they are busy looking for money.
“We urge the police authorities to caution the patrol teams on the Eleme-Bori axis of the East-West Road. We will want to see greater security for lives and properties and not check points and extortion”, the statement said.
— Sep 7, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT