From Osakhare Erese Asaba
Piqued by the alleged illegal activities of some police officers, motorists in Umutu, Abavo communities in Delta State on Monday called for thorough re-orientation or outright disbandment of the police.
According to the leader of the motorists, Chukwuka Nwagimeke, eleven illegal roadblocks were mounted by the police officers from Abavo/Umutu, adding the eleven road blocks were strategies to extort money from hopeless motorists.
For instance, he said, “if you are driving/traveling from College Junction Agbor in Ika South Local Government area of the state, before getting to Abavo town, over six police check points will be on the road collecting not less than N100 to N200 from drivers.
He alleged that from Abavo to Umutu, other police check points, numbering more than eight will be seen again mounted in different places, with officers collecting same amount of money from motorists thereby making driving work unprofitable and regrettable, adding that most painful aspect of it was that “officers are not interested in knowing the contents in the vehicles, as well as being interested to know whether drivers have their respective driving licenses, or vehicle particulars, rather asking for N200”.
But in swift reaction, the Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Muhammadu Mustafa said police personnel found in such acts, will be severally dealt with, and will be brought to book, on dismissed from service, assuring that the police would continue to protect the lives and property of the people.