A drama played out in Lagos as some policemen tried to seize a power bike being driven by a young man on his way to work, following the recent ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles by the Lagos state government.
The ban does not affect private motorcycles for personal use
The man in question, Nmutaka Chikwendu, narrated his encounter with the security personnel on Facebook. According to him, he was riding his power bike to work in the morning when he was apprehended by four policemen for flouting the motorcycle ban.
Immediately, a crowd began to gather, questioning the officers if the power bike was a commercial motorcycle to warrant their action. A motorist who was driving by alighted from his vehicle, and showed the officers a broadcast apparently released by the police command in Lagos, detailing specifications of vehicles affected by the ban. But the officers refused to take a look at it, insisting that they were in line with their job. Not even a call put across to a phone number displayed in the broadcast could make the officers budge. They finally gave in when they saw that the crowd was not going to leave until they let the young man leave with his bike.
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Read excerpts of his narrative below:
“A good Samaritan parked his car...showed them the broadcast sent by Lagos state police command. They refused to read it. He then called the numbers in the broadcast and the policemen refused to speak with their superiors. The man put his phone on speaker and we could all hear the police command asking if it was okada and the whole crowd roared "No!" Our street crew cops refused to budge. The Samaritan eventually called their DPO who asked them to release me... then they started looking for one Officer Ojo of Ifako police station who took my bike key and went away.
Crowd kept building... policemen became scared. Tried to disperse crowd. People refused to budge. I actually started getting worried and started asking people to leave. They said they wouldn't move until I was released. Eventually, the Ojo fellow sauntered out with my key and I started my bike... revved it a few times which drew cheers from the crowd... and continued heading to work.”
Score one for the people, wouldn't you say?!
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