A group of policemen have been accused of assaulting a bus driver identified as Emenike, over alleged refusal to pay bribe in Ada George area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Drivers’ welfare Chairman, Choba unit, Bestman Chile, said on Monday some policemen came and started beating Emnike, stripped him naked and vandalised his vehicle because he refused to give them 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.”
It was learnt that there was a gridlock in the area following the blockage mounted by the drivers to protest the alleged police harassment on Monday.
Some bus drivers also accused a female cop whom they identified as ‘Mama G’ of continually harassing and extorting bus drivers.
When contacted, a spokesman for the state police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, but added that he had yet to get the details.
This is coming a week after a police officer killed a young keke driver identfied as ‘Schoolboy’ over N100 bribe at Rukpokwu Town in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.