Joseph Mukan, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, says an accused bribe-seeking policeman who allegedly stripped naked a bus driver in Port Harcourt is now being tried.
The CP made the disclosure on Tuesday when the State Chairman of the Drivers Welfare Association of Nigeria led members of the Union together with the assaulted driver to the office of the Commissioner of Police at the Force Headquarters in Port Harcourt to demand justice.
We brought you an earlier story that the policeman had stripped naked one Saviour Nwidam, a commercial bus driver, around Ada George Road in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Monday for refusing to pay a bribe requested by the Policeman.
The CP, however, assured members of the association that the accused police officer was already facing an orderly room trial, adding that the police command under his watch would not condone any form of indiscipline as any police officer found culpable would be made to face justice.
Mukan said, “If somebody commits an offense, take the person to the station; I don’t see any reason why he will stop a suspect on the road and inflict injuries on him.
The CP further stated that the accused policeman is not going scot-free, he said “we have started our disciplinary procedures and he’s going bear the consequences of his acts because we didn’t send him out there to molest drivers”.
The CP said, “The victim will continue his treatment, if he is strong enough, he will come and make his statement, I want him (Nwidam) to be very stable, but definitely, action has already been taken on the issue and all those involved must pay for it,”.
Nwidam , Narrating the incident to the police commissioner, said the accused police officer entered his vehicle at Agip junction and demanded an N100 bribe for loading passengers at the bus stop and when he refused to pay, the officer threatened to take him to the station.
He said “He entered my vehicle and told me to pay N100 and when I refused to pay because I did not commit any offense, he ordered me to drive towards the police station.
“On our way to the station, the policeman started hitting me with a baton and dragging the wheel for me to stop. After I stopped the vehicle, some policemen joined him and started beating me. They stripped me naked, and damaged my vehicle.” he added.