It has become a strong belief in Nigeria that most Nigerian police officers notoriously demand bribes from motorists even when no crime is committed. This general attitude makes it easy for the public to believe the currently viral story and video of a COVID-19 responder, who alleged that a Lagos police officer damaged his car and harassed him when he refused to give a bribe.
COVID-19 responder alleges that Lagos policemen damaged his car when he did not give them a bribe
Reports reaching us claim that the COVID-19 responder says his car was damaged by a bribe-seeking police officer in Lagos after he declined a bribe request from the officer. In the attached video recorded during the incident; the COVID-19 responder could be heard questioning the police officer’s actions.
See the video of the incident below;
COVID-19 responder shares video of the moment when a Lagos policeman allegedly damaged his car over bribe
The COVID-19 responder claims that he showed his Government-approved “PASS” to the police officer who still requested a bribe from him regardless. He claimed that his refusal to give a bribe was what led to the bashing of his car with a metallic object even after verbally harassing him.
This incident is similar to the one from two weeks ago when FRSC officers allegedly harassed an Abuja woman who drove with a policeman hanging on the bonnet of her car. The Abuja FRSC officers were seen deflating the four tires of the lady in the video attached to the report. This incident got everyone asking why a police officer would jump unto the bonnet of a civilian’s car.
Reports of security officers taking law into their own hands by maltreating civilians are now becoming too rampant these days and its high time the Federal Government does something about it. Nigeria needs to be rid of bribery and corruption especially among the Police, NSCDC, VIO, and FRSC.