Movement Disrupted In Onitsha As Keke(tricycle) Drivers Association Protest

By KayCee July 5, 2014 09:25

Movements were disrupted for hours at the ever busy Denis Memorial Grammar School, (DMGS) roundabout, Onitsha as members of the Keke Drivers Association took over the streets to protest alleged police extortion, harassments and illegal detention of members.

The protesters, dressed in mourning cloths and mouth guards sang anti-police songs and brandished placards with several inscriptions including “IGP please overhaul Police in Onitsha”, “Police in Onitsha are the most corrupt in the country”, among others.

According to the Chairman of the Campaign for Democracy, (CD), South East zone, Dede Uzor, the protest was in collaboration with CD against the police in the city whom he accused of resorting to intimidation, corrupt practices and illegal arrest and detention of tricycle drivers since the ban on checkpoints across the country.

He said that corrupt practices among policemen were more apparent in the commercial city of Onitsha, adding that policemen attached to the Central Police Station, Inland Town and Awada stations have been at the forefront for the alleged illegal detention and extortion.

“We are protesting against the illegal and corrupt activities of policemen in this city, they have made Keke drivers to remain perpetually in agony because of massive extortion, illegal detention and other inhuman treatments. It is also pertinent to note that majority of these drivers are driving these tricycles on hire purchase basis and when police kept on extorting them of the money, most of them have had no option than to drop the keke because they couldn’t meet up with the agreement they reached with the owners”

He called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar to immediately overhaul the entire police stations in the commercial city to bring in new police officers who have not been corrupted by money and other things.

Also speaking, the Secretary of the KDA, Mr. Chukwudi Obi lamented the ordeal of keke drivers in the hands of policemen whom he accused of deliberately arresting their members and in the process extorting money from them at the various police stations before they would regain their freedom.

He called on Governor Willie Obiano and the Commissioner of Police in Anambra state, Mr. Usman Gwary to look into the matter and call the policemen serving in the police divisions in Onitsha to order to allow those in their genuine business to survive.

However, when contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka said the policemen in the state are there to maintain law and order and described the allegations as frivolous and unfounded.





By KayCee July 5, 2014 09:25