Don’t run er­rands for strangers, po­lice warn park work­ers

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Ogechi Jaiyes­imi

FCT Po­lice Di­vi­sional Of­fi­cer in charge of Utako Po­lice Divi­sion, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Pa­trick Daaor, has called on wheel­bar­row push­ers, driv­ers and other park work­ers not to col­lect bags from strangers while look­ing for cus­tomers at the park.

He made the call dur­ing a sen­si­ti­za­tion tour of all the parks in the area.

Be­fore the call, a mild drama en­sued in Borno Line of the park when the daugh­ter of an el­derly woman, Hama Garba Ku­lang, who was on her way to Borno State told the driver of the bus that her mother was car­ry­ing her hus­band’s bul­lets and am­mu­ni­tion.

The driver, ob­vi­ously scared im­me­di­ately turned back and raised alarm. The park man­ager in turn im­me­di­ately con­tacted men of the Utako Po­lice Divi­sion, who swooped into ac­tion and searched the el­derly woman’s bags but no weapon or am­mu­ni­tion was found.

The source said peo­ple at the park started run­ning hel­ter-skel­ter, think­ing that the old woman was car­ry­ing bombs.

“Po­lice­men were mo­bilised to the scene and as we were do­ing so, her son-in-law, who iden­ti­fied him­self as an of­fi­cer with the Nige­rian Army, one Barabe Ali, ar­rived the park hint­ing that what his wife called bul­lets and am­mu­ni­tion was their daugh­ter’s birth cer­tifi­cate which her mother mis­tak­enly parked in her trav­el­ling box.

He pleaded that his wife was an il­lit­er­ate and that his mother-in-law was not car­ry­ing any weapons. The old woman who was in a panic was cry­ing as the driv­ers teased her.

The Utako di­vi­sional po­lice of­fi­cer ad­vised wheel­bar­row push­ers and park work­ers, who gath­ered to watch the in­ci­dent that if any­one gave them a bag or load to carry for them and tried to ex­cuse him/her­self, they should raise alarm or con­tact the po­lice.

The Utako po­lice boss ad­vised them to be vig­i­lante and be free to reach out to the po­lice while sus­pect­ing foul play.

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