Policeman Allegedly Hits PregnantWoman

A Policeman, said to be an
Inspector, in Bayelsa State
reportedly hit a pregnant woman
along Azikoro Road, Ekeki in
Yenagoa area of the state while
trying to hit a Keke Napep driver
with his gunbutt for refusing to
give him N50 bribe.
According to Vanguard as a
result it led to a protest by the
commercial tricycle operators in
Bayelsa State, popularly known as
Keke Napep, yesterday against
Policemen alleged excessive use
of force and extortion on the
roads.
The angry protesters claimed the
pregnant woman bled
excessively from the mouth as a
result of the police hitting her.
The victim, according to the
protesters, was rushed to Glory
Land Hospital.
Meanwhile although some
security operatives described the
action of the inspector as
“careless” but denied the alleged
use of the rifle but.
Attempts by the protesters to
barricade the premises of the
Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)
and the Nigerian Television
Authority (NTA) along the Azikoro
Road was prevented by armed
policemen who fired tear gas to
scatter the protesters.
The incident attracted the
attention of newsmen who had
gone to the NUJ to cover an
assignment.
One of the protesting Keke
Napep drivers who described the
activities of the policemen at
check poinnts in the state as
unbecoming said: “This is a small
state but the amount paid as
bribe to policemen is exorbitant
and fearful. Can you imagine we
pay as much as N600 daily?
“It is wrong and criminal. Most of
our passengers are embarrassed
by these policemen at night. They
extort us and some of the
passengers. They call everyone
criminal. This is wrong.”
Meanwhile the state Police Public
Relations Officer, Mr. Alex
Akhigbe, when contacted said he
was not aware of the incident.

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