In Ijede, road block by men of the Nigeria police is an ugly phenomenon to worry about. Journeying there from to Ikorodu garage – a trip of less than 30minutes – the unprecedented presence of our black-uniformed officers is symptomatic of a place there is daily unrest. If not, why their petty plentifulness on the road?
Take it from Luwasa High School, they are readily there – from dawn to dusk – to carry out their illegitimate merchandise. A little footwalk from Yàrá-kan, another squad who used to be at Limited bus-stop – very close to Kingsfield College – is physically present to earn their illegal daily bread. At Ẹlẹ́pẹ̀ terminus are some with additional yellow/pink waistcoats taking their undue rights from commuter drivers. Drive on, and you still get shocked of another troop at Lighthouse School doing their usual extortive business. I am usually puzzled by what goods the officers sell when money is given to them by transporters and they in turn give out balance.
Going through Gìǹtì down to Igbogbo is another nightmare of misnomer from those dark-hearted extortionists. Immediately after the filling station by the right are policemen who disrupt vehicular movements with their vicious commercial activity. Those ones are very good at extorting motorcyclists who are undoubtedly managing to survive and put food on the table for their families. Leave STR filling station and zoom on, you will encounter another in front of the palm-wine joints by the left. And it is not only laughable but shameful that in that area – less than one mile away – are two different road-blocks.
That’s how they are porously stationed on different parts of the road in the LCDA. Talk of Gbẹ̀rígbẹ̀, Mowó-ńla, Abúlé-Èkó and other suburbs.
Their presence, honestly, isn’t the problem, but what they do therein, thereby causing residents to grief in agony. Sometimes, they cause avoidable traffic early in the morning when people would be in a rush to get to their places of work. Isn’t that uncivilized?
The Nigeria police are now seizing the opportunity of the COVID-19 era to strike harder on the people. They bill commercial vehicles exorbitantly that those ones in turn get transport fare indiscriminately inflated so their business will not be run at loss. Plus the agbero factor and the greed of the transporters, Ijede/Gberigbe to Ikorodu is now between ₦300 and ₦400 – a journey of less than 30minutes – yet the vehicle will be filled to capacity, and social distancing protocol jettisoned.
Police is your friend, so they deceptively say. But no, police is our foe! Not a friend but a foe would take joy in discomforting the people. They are our enemies because they do not seek ease for us but hardship. They make us grief and groan in agony especially now that the coronavirus pandemic keeps hitting hard on the economy.
Men of the Nigeria police stop vehicles asking for their particulars and driver’s licence, yet we all know such isn’t within the purview of their duties. They aren’t Road Safety corps, neither are they Vehicle Licence officers. So why the usurpation? And any attempt to refuse their intimidation by anyone who knows his rights, they turn it into something else with offences cooked against him. Friend indeed!
It’s unfortunate and regrettable that a locality with an Area Command could be this porous.
The lingering of this anathema, despite the daily hue and cry from the masses, shows very lucidly that the evil done by those officers is known to their superior officers. It’s like they get return from the money realized by the roadside extortionists. I just wonder who will rescue us from this unwholesome slavery.