You may remember that case that we brought to the attention of the Members of DPA, about a member of our group who was arrested by the police, and was forced to pay the police 100k in order to be released.
The name of the member is Kingsley Azuaru. I want to report that yesterday, the police handed back to Kingsley his computer and his 100,000 naira.
They further apologized to him and pleaded with him and DPA not to file any charges against the police on account of the matter.
In this case, DPA, through a united resolve, succeeded in getting the Nigerian police to return the computer and 100,000 naira extorted by some police officers.
I want to thank all the Admin and Members of DPA for this outstanding achievement. We proved that we could do it. In this small gesture, we have shown that nothing is too much for DPA.
In Nigeria, the police force is too powerful. It is virtually impossible for ordinary people to get the police to admit that they were wrong or to apologize or to return money extorted. But DPA did it.
DPA did it without even a court order!
It just shows you what we can do if we can come together and work like brothers and sisters and compatriots in the interest of the common good, and without the divisive ethnic and religious tensions that we often mistakenly allow to stand in the way of process in this country.
Again, thanks to all DPA members. At the same time, I would like to commend the leadership of the police, particularly those top officers who were wise enough to realize that DPA is a movement that must be taken seriously, and who moved quickly to douse the tension and bring to an end what could have been a nasty standoff between the police and DPA.
In particular, I would like to commend personally the following members of DPA for their outstanding role in this matter:
(1) Emmanuel Umbu, who was the lawyer that represented me in all the meetings and negations in Lagos. (Yes, you can now know that I was not the one that did the work. (My Associate did the work. I merely directed the show)
(2) Betty Hills
(3) Salisu Abdullah
(4) Michael Gozie Ukonu
These three me represented DPA and me during a meeting between the Nigerian Police and the DPA in Abuja.
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