Outrage over police officer ‘begging’ Spanish biker for money
A viral video showing a Nigerian policeman caught begging a Spanish biker for money has sparked outrage.
In the two-minute footage obtained by The Nation, the officer who signalled the Spanish biker to a halt quizzed him and urged the biker to give him money.
The policeman said: “What did you bring for us? Don’t tell me that […that you don’t have anything].”
He insisted on extracting money from him, even if it means receiving it in foreign currency.
The Spaniard said: “I’m coming from Spain; I crossed to Nigeria today. I don’t have anything yet. I didn’t change some money. When I get to Lagos, I’ll withdraw money with my credit card.
“I don’t have cash. I’m coming from Benin. My family is in Spain. I just transit. I go to Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, all the way to South Africa. I transit along with Africa. I do informatics, computer. I deal with computers. I have to go.”
The police’s public complaints unit reacted to the viral video, saying: “This video was earlier intercepted via other SM platforms and investigation already initiated, please.
“Your complaint is hereby acknowledged and investigation has been initiated. Your tracking number is #CRU317150, Thank you for contacting NPF-CRU.”
Many Nigerians have reacted to trending videos describing it as “embarrassing”.
Some others called on the police to improve its reputation.
Sandra Ezekwesili said: “This is embarrassing. I never imagined the conversation that would ensue between the Nigerian Police and a Spanish rider on a continental tour would go like this.”
Comedian Mr. Macaroni said: “Since our childhood days till now, This has been the reputation of the Nigerian Police. All they care about is collecting money from you. It doesn’t matter whether you are a law-abiding citizen or you are a terrorist! Just give them money!!”
Stephen Akin wrote: “They left the necessary questions they were supposed to ask and started asking for money. Nigerian police need to change. Chai!!”
David Ishola tweeted: “Nigerian police will continue to mess up the image of this country until something is done.”
Qudus said: “Nigerian police is the true definition of who typical Nigerians are. You will think those criticise the Nigerian police are a saint and doesn’t associate theirselves with corruption.”