It was reported that a group of policemen strips a bus driver known only as Emenike naked for his alleged refusal to pay bribe in the Ada George area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Monday.
The drivers in the area however, protested against Emenike harassment alongside the harassment by task force and policemen.
According to the drivers’ welfare Chairman, Choba unit, Bestman Chile, it was said that a policeman demanded bribe from the driver but the latter refused to part with any money.
Chile said, “He entered Emenike’s vehicle and told him to drive towards the police.
“On his way, the policeman started hitting him with a baton and fought for the control of the steering with the young man.
“After the driver stopped the vehicle, some policemen came and started beating Emnike, stripped him naked and vandalised his vehicle.
“We are drivers. We can’t fight police. Right now the road is blocked. We will block the road like thus till when the police come to pay for this damage and treat the young man.”
Following the blockage by the driver to protest the alleged police harassment, passengers had to trek long distances to get to their destinations as there was a gridlock.
Also, some bus drivers accuse a female cop whom they identified as ‘Mama G’ of continuous harassment and extortion of bus drivers.
However, a spokesman for the state police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, stated that he had yet to get the details.