By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr. Fatia Owoseni has placed curses on policemen who collect bribe in the pretense of giving money to the Commissioner and the Inspector General of Police.
Owoseni stated this at the Command headquarter, Ikeja, during a meeting with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), on the instance of the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris to interact with stakeholders on security matter.
The police boss while reacting to questions from one of the transport workers on policemen demanding bribe which is usually called “returns” said, it will not be well with any policeman who said they are collecting money on my behalf or the Inspector General of Police. Such a person will not die well.
He said the current leadership of the police is doing everything to ensure that we change the ways things are done.”
According to him, “We decided to interact with you to ensure that we work hand in hand with you and discuss as citizens of this country and residents of Lagos to proffer solutions to the issues of using commercial vehicles to perpetrate crimes.
“Armed robbers, kidnappers and other criminals who were arrested in times past, confessed how they make use of commercial vehicles to carry out their criminal activities.”
Drivers are the most respected workers abroad, because of the way they relate with law enforcement agencies and collaborate on solving crimes.
He said: “Don’t you know that you should not allow policemen to oppress you? As tax payers, you are the ones paying policemen salary so you are our master. Don’t give them money, take their numbers or names down and call me. I assure you that I will send policemen to arrest them.”
“I want to use this medium to enjoin you to carry out a census of all your members, identify the dedicated routes for each unit and ensure they adhere to it. This will enable the union to easily identify bad eggs among them,”
Responding chairman of RTEAN Lagos branch Mohammed Musa stated that major problems the union is facing are caused by law enforcement officers who own some of the vehicles being used as commercial vehicles. He noted that these vehicles are not registered with the union and are not under their control.
He said: “We like this collaboration and we appreciate the efforts of the police. We have been confronted by criminals in the process of our work to the extent we are apprehensive to be on the highways.”
“We want more armed security on the road to deter the activities of streets urchins and other criminal activities.”
There vehicles are the ones who are into picking up passengers on the road indiscriminately, and when people see them on the road they said they our members.
He expressed the union readiness to work the police its plan of riding the union of touts and other bad eggs giving the union bad names.
In the same vein Chairman NURTW Lagos branch Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede said they have also set up a task force to curtail the activities people selling alcohol and Indian hemp at motor parks.
“We don’t allow them to sell alcohol. We have task force that monitors them and we sensitize them every Tuesdays and Thursdays. We don’t allow anybody to collect money from one bus stop to the other outside our members who wear white and green uniform.”
“We would continue to educate our members to shun bad conduct and company and expose criminals. We also want to challenge the police authorities to check some of their men within the rank and file who would want to give the force a bad name.”