There was pandemonium in the Ada George area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday when a bus driver identified as Emenike, was stripped naked over alleged refusal to pay a bribe.
NEWSNAIJA learned that Drivers in the area were said to have repeatedly lamented harassment by the task force and policemen, even as they protested against Monday’s harassment of Emenike.
The Drivers’ welfare Chairman, Choba unit, known as Bestman Chile, said a policeman demanded a bribe from the driver but the driver refused to give him any money.
The Drivers’ welfare Chairman, said, “He entered Emenike’s vehicle and told him to drive towards the police.
“On his way, the policeman started hitting him with a baton and fought for the control of the steering with the young man.
“After the driver stopped the vehicle, some policemen came and started beating Emnike, stripped him naked, and vandalized his vehicle.
He said “We are drivers. We can’t fight the police. Right now the road is blocked. We will block the road like thus till when the police come to pay for this damage and treat the young man.”
Following the blockage mounted by the driver to protest the alleged police harassment, there was gridlock, as passengers were seen trekking long distances to get to their destinations.
Meanwhile, some bus drivers accuse a female cop whom they identified as ‘Mama G’ of continually harassing and extorting bus drivers.c
When contacted, Nnamdi Omoni, a spokesman for the state police command, confirmed the incident but added that he had yet to get the details.