Kaduna residents decry extortion, robberies
Residents of Kaduna yesterday expressed disgust at a town hall meeting over increase in robberies and extortion by the police.
The meeting was organized by the police to aggregate demands of the public and strengthen crime prevention strategies. Deputy Inspector General Emmanuel Katchi Udeoji and Commissioner Umar Shehu were at the meeting where representatives of interest groups voiced out their concerns over police extortion and robberies.
Pastor Andrew Dodo said job applicants at a previous police recruitment exercise were asked to pay as high as N250, 000 to officials before they got enlisted. He said thousands of youths turned up at the venue of the last police recruitment exercise in Kaduna and the number of applicants was higher than the population of police force.
“But a lot of them came to me requesting for N250, 000 to give to officials. I don’t have such amount of money to give them but I can write a recommendation letter to the police”, he said.
Another participant said the police frequently arrest suspects and take ‘bail money’ before releasing them, adding that if the monies aren’t paid, suspects could languish in detention centers. “I want to know if bail is free or not,” he said.