Mr Sunday Uzorga, a 54-year-old driver is currently battling with chest pain after he was allegedly brutalised by policemen at Nsukwa junction area in Delta State, narrates his ordeal and how policemen use point-of-sale machines to extort money from motorists.
Uzorga from Kwale, Delta work with Delta Appreciate Motors, plying the Asaba-Ughelli route.
He narrated how he got the bruises on his body on his way to Ughelli on July 28, after been beaten by policemen at a checkpoint.
“I did nothing. The policemen that stay around Nsukwa junction flagged down my vehicle and I stopped. They asked one of my passengers to get down from the vehicle and he did. Then they started checking the contents of the pockets of the young man”.
They found two phones in his pockets and said they would not release him, but I begged them to release him. I explained to them that since I was the one who carried him from the park, there was no way I would bring him to the junction and leave him behind. One of the policemen, an inspector, shouted at me and later ordered the young man to enter their van.
The inspector threatened to shoot my tyres. I begged him not to do that. Another police inspector asked the other inspector to leave me but he refused. Suddenly, the first inspector hit me in the chest and I fell down.
They started threatening the young man and eventually took him somewhere. They collected N20,000 from him even though he did not commit any offence.
I managed to drive to Ugheli and later went for treatment because I was badly injured but my chest still hurts.
The young man gave the policemen cash. This incident happened in the daytime, around 1pm.
I went to police headquarters to lodge a complaint with the help of a human rights activist, Mr Victor Ojei, though the policemen have been calling and begging me over the incident.
One of the inspectors, the leader of the team, collected my number after the incident. He also called me when I got to Ugheli. He told me that he had gone to the headquarters to report the incident. I also have the telephone number of the inspector that assaulted me.
I am still in pain and my chest hurts; I can’t go to work. I don’t even have money to treat myself. The authorities are not doing their best. The Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Hafiz Inuwa and the Inspector General of Police should monitor the policemen at the checkpoints very well because they do a lot of wrong things there.