Kaduna res­i­dents de­cry ex­tor­tion, rob­beries

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna

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.

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