Following the viral video exposing the men of Edo state police command on one of their various ways of extorting community people of Sopkonba.A large number of Nigerians have condemned the chaining of an Edo State driver to a patrol truck along Sopkonba Road Junction, Benin, the Edo State capital.
A resident, Augustine Ogbomwan, who was filming the torture of the unidentified driver with his mobile phone camera, was also said to have been detained by the police.
It was learnt that some cops attached to the Esigie Police Division had stopped the driver’s vehicle on Sunday.
The policemen allegedly asked the driver to alight from the vehicle and searched him.
A businessman, Franklyn Irabor, who lived close to the scene of the incident, said when the cops did not find anything on the driver, they searched the passenger in the vehicle, but did not also find anything incriminating.
He said, “One of the policemen bent down and picked something from the ground. He then challenged the passenger over the item, which they said was hemp.
When PUNCH Metro called the state police spokesperson, DSP Moses Nkombe, he declined comment and shunned punch correspondent.
The following conversation ensued:
PUNCHman: “Good day sir, I am calling in respect of the case of the driver that was allegedly chained and dragged on the ground with a police van. What is the position of the command; has any policeman been indicted?”
PPRO: “I don’t think you are a trained journalist. Do you publish your story before you balance it or you balance before you publish?
PUNCHman: “I called to get your reaction, sir. I don’t get what you are saying.”
The PPRO cut the call.
A text message sent to him to ask if that was his official reaction was not replied to as of press time.