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Friday, February 7, 2020

Okada/Keke Ban: Policemen Seize A Power Bike In Lagos, But This Happened

A Nigerian man has taken to social media to narrate his experience in the hands of police officers who seized his power bike as a result of the controversial okada ban.
Police seized the man's powerbike in Lagos
Police seized the man's powerbike in Lagos
 
A man by name, Nmutaka Chinwendu has narrated how some overzealous policemen on Thursday seized his power bike, but it ended almost in tears for them.
 
Chinwendu said the police officers in the process were disgraced by angry Lagosians.
 
Nmutaka Chikwendu while writing on Facebook, stated that he was accosted by the officers of the Nigerian Police after they sighted him on his power bike while on motion, and before they could make away with his power bike, passers-by had already surrounded the officers, asking if the bike was a commercial motorcycle popularly referred to as 'Okada.'
 
The Policemen however, turned a deaf ear to the lamentations of the passersby and blatantly refused to release the power bike to the owner but things turned around when one of the passersby put a call through to the Police Command and it was finally released.
 
The Facebook user Nmutaka Chikwendu shared his story below: 
 
"So.....I was heading to work this morning dodging massive potholes and meandering through heavy traffic. The Nigerian Police decided to arrest me because "bikes are banned". The 2 things that stood out for me the most were:
 
1. The speed with which a huge crowd built up. Within a short while people were yelling at the cops. "Is this one okada"?
 
2. How unintelligent our cops are. A team of 4 senior officers with guns could not say anything meaningful beyond "they sent us signal to arrest all bikes"

A good Samaritan parked his car...showed them the broadcast sent by Lagos state police command. They refused to read it. He then called the numbers in the broadcast and the policemen refused to speak with their superiors. The man put his phone on speaker and we could all hear the police command asking if it was okada and the whole crowed roared "No!" Our street crew cops refused to budge. The Samaritan eventually called their DPO who asked them to release me....then they started looking for one Officer Ojo of Ifako police station who took my bike key and went away.

Crowd kept building.....policemen became scared. Tried to disperse crowd. People refused to budge. I actually started getting worried and started asking people to leave. They said they wouldn't move until I was released. Eventually the Ojo fellow sauntered out with my key and I started my bike....revved it a few times which drew cheers from the crowd.....and continued heading to work.

#insidelife
 

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