A lawyer named Kingsley Nnonye got the shock of his life on Thursday when he encountered police officers at the Irapana end of the Abuja Okene highway in Kogi state. Nnonye had left his base in Abuja for Warri, Delta, to pick up a new car his wife had just purchased. On his way back to the Nigerian capital Abuja, the lawyer had an uneventful journey until he arrived in the Kogi community around noon, where things took a worrying turn.
According to Nnonye, despite checking and confirming the completeness of the car’s documents, the cops adopted different tactics, including threatening to kill him if he did not offer them a bribe. The police team led by an Inspector Hades bragged to the lawyer that if they killed him no one would find out or do anything to them. Law enforcement, while trying to scare Nnonye, forced him to drive the car on several stretches of the highway to carry out their corruption agenda.
Explaining how he managed to get rid of the rogue cops, who were ready to kill him if he didn’t grease his palms with good naira notes, the lawyer told SaharaReporters on Friday that: “On his way from Warri, where I am. drove my wife’s new car to Abuja, at every police checkpoint I encountered I identified myself as a lawyer. “The trip was smooth until I arrived at Abuja Okene highway at a place known as Irapana where a police patrol team stopped and demanded to see the details of the vehicle I forced into.
“The foreman, an Ade inspector, who checked the documents and saw that everything was in order, insisted that my documents were suspect. The logs.I was flabbergasted and asked to see what he was talking about but he refused. “I told him I know all the cops tricks, he got mad and ordered me to back up and follow him to area command. I obeyed and went back to Okene who was several miles away.” the police advised me to play but I refused. “Inspector Ade came to meet me in the car and told me that if they shot me and killed me there, no one could expose him. Immediately I had a brain reset and I I tried to call some senior officers I knew at the force headquarters in Abuja, but they wouldn’t let me. “Later, they asked me to pay 50,000 naira. asked to go with them to a nearby village to use the POS (point of sale) to withdraw cash.
“I told them that I could only afford N5,000. At first they refused, but later they collected the money before allowing me to leave.”I was wondering what they could do to ordinary citizens who are not lawyers like me. This Inspector Hades is evil. His kind would rob and kidnap people at strange times under the guise of patrolling the police. I know him and I can identify him When contacted about the matter, Kogi police spokesman Williams Aya told SaharaReporters that the matter had not been brought to their attention, adding that she would subject to investigation as soon as it is done will be severely punished to have a deterrent effect on others.