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Keke operators decries ‘shameful extortion’ by Nigeria Police

Human Rights Activist decries ‘shameful extortion’ of Tricycle operators within the Onitsha metropolis by men and officers of the Nigeria Police.

Tricycle operators, commonly known as ‘Keke operators’, in Onitsha metropolis, Anambra State, have alleged arbitrary extortion of monies by some policemen under the auspices of the Area Command Police Station, Onitsha. The leadership of the Tricycle (Keke) operators under the aegis of KKAWAAWPU Amalgamated Tricycle Union met with the Human Rights Activist, Mr. KeneChukwu Okeke, MCSD on Monday, alleged that the police extort up to 500, 000 NGN daily from their members who committed no criminal offence other than the installation of rear bumper guard for the protection of their tricycles.

Spokesman of ‘Keke operators’, Emeka Ohaekelam, who led a cross section of the aggrieved ‘Keke operators’, penultimate Monday, complained bitterly over their alleged oppression by the police, and further alleged that from DMGS roundabout via Awka road, through Onitsha Main Market terminal point, they were forced to pay to different policemen manning those points who claimed to be working under the direction of the Area Commander, Area Command Police Station, Onitsha.

The Human Rights Activist, KeneChukwu Okeke, MCSD however, appealed to the ‘Keke operators’ to remain calm, and in the meantime, not to take the law into their own hands but wait for the hierarchy of the Nigerian Police to investigate or address the issues, as justice must be done and manifestly seen to be done.

When contacted, the IGP’s Complaint Response Unit, confirmed that the receipt of the complaint lodged on behalf of the ‘Keke operators’ by Mr. KeneChukwu Okeke, MCSD; and that an investigations team has been assigned the case. The tracking number of the complaint was further given as #CRU904788

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