Only In Naija!! Police Arrest And Detain 4 Men For Eating Late,Demands N15,000 Bail Fee

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(f) at 13-05-2016 06:52AM (3 years ago)

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The Surulere Police Division, Lagos State, on Tuesday arrested four men, who were accused of eating late in the night around the Ojuelegba Bridge in the Surulere area.

One of the men named Sango Svengali said they were eating noodles at a shop on Ogunlana Drive around 11pm, when the policemen, said to be about eight, rounded them up. The policemen, who reportedly brought three vans, were said to have accused the men of eating late and queried why they did not eat in their houses. Before the suspects knew what was happening, they were whisked away to the Area C Command, Surulere. It was learnt that the policemen at the counter allegedly demanded N15,000 ‘settlement’ from the men, threatening that they would sleep in the cell overnight if they failed to settle. The next day Wednesday when the suspects were brought before the area commander,he noted they resembled Boko Haram members, ordering them to shave their beards.
Read Sango's tweets below, from bottom to top.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro on Thursday after regaining his freedom, Svengali said the policemen did not ask any of them for identification before forcing them into their vans.

He said:
“I had a stressful day at work on Tuesday. There was a lot of traffic. Instead of going home through the Third Mainland Bridge, I decided to spend the night at a friend’s place in Ojuelegba. Some other friends came to my friend’s place. Later, around 11pm, we were hungry and we decided to go down the road to buy noodles.
“The Mai shai are basically night-food people. So we knew they would still be selling food. We drove to Ogunlana Drive and saw a woman selling noodles by the roadside. The three of us decided to buy noodles and eat. We sat on the trunk of the two cars we brought and ate the food. As we were about to go, three police vans stopped by our vehicles. There were about eight policemen in the vans.

“The policemen dragged me into one of their vans. I was confused and wanted to resist. But when I saw the young man selling recharge cards beside the woman being slapped several times, I knew it was useless resisting. The policemen did not ask us any question. They did not ask us to identify ourselves.”
Svengali added that when they got to the station, they met eight others who had been arrested.
While in the van, the policemen sitting beside me collected my phone and started searching through it. He checked through my electronic mail, and when he did not find anything, he said, ‘Sometimes you go dey pray say you no dey road when devil dey pass.’ He added that we would ‘sort it out’ at the station.

“As we moved on, I noticed that my other friends – except one – were in the other vans. When we got to the station, we found that eight people had been picked up too. The policemen at the station said, ‘Why una no chop for house?’ One of my friends started negotiating for us at the counter. The policemen said they wanted N15,000 to let three of us go. He was begging them to take N5,000. They refused.

“The cell stank like a gutter. There were about 18 of us  there. We endured the stench till morning. When it was around 7am, we were brought before the area commander. We were lined up like criminals. He said our misdeed was that we ate at an unholy hour. He said we looked like fanatics and Boko Haram members.

“He ordered them to lock us up again. After some time, some of our friends came, one of them is a lawyer. He spoke to the area commander. He said the only way to release us was to shave our beards. The police bought shaving sticks and made us shave at the counter. I was so embarrassed. All this while, we never wrote any statement. We were not accused of anything. When I finally left, it was some minutes before 10am.”

One of the suspects communicated with the Complaints Response Unit, Abuja, through Twitter, to report the alleged bribe the policemen demanded.
The Head of the CRU, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CSP Abayomi Shogunle, however, replied on Twitter that a team of policemen had gone to the police station to ascertain the claim of the complainants.

He said, “A special monitoring team from the Force Headquarters on nationwide patrol is at the police station in Ojuelegba to verify this report. The complaint is acknowledged and the tracking number is CRU 359117.”

Oworen25 (m) at 13-05-2016 07:09AM
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Please when did eating late become a crime in Nigeria
CHRISETTE (f) at 13-05-2016 07:13AM
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Old news
andyjames (m) at 13-05-2016 07:21AM
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That is why no body Pity those animals when armed robber kill them
dickieponga (m) at 13-05-2016 07:24AM
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yawa_don_gas (m) at 13-05-2016 07:28AM
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Yawa dey
kabukabu (m) at 13-05-2016 07:35AM
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How can any serious minded man ever like policemen, to the extent of making them friends? Never! Mbanu! Laelae.
okuboye (m) at 13-05-2016 07:42AM
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that is naija for u
EFEJONES1 (m) at 13-05-2016 07:54AM
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Is the police really our friends?

angesco (f) at 13-05-2016 08:41AM
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Our wonderfully FANTASTICALLY CORRUPT Nigerian Police Force!!!!

leodavinci (m) at 13-05-2016 08:44AM
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Okay noted
kachasi (m) at 13-05-2016 08:55AM
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That is why no body Pity those animals when armed robber kill them

kachasi (m) at 13-05-2016 08:57AM
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11am is almost an ungodly hour for one to come out and start eating.....but it only warrants for surveillance not arrest.
zezprincess (f) at 13-05-2016 09:12AM
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Hmmm,naija police,fear them,they can do&undo.I raise my bossom up for them.
gogoman (m) at 13-05-2016 09:23AM
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welcome to lagos
dynasty4all (m) at 13-05-2016 10:02AM
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Blessed75 (m) at 13-05-2016 10:31AM
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ZOO indeed
eric2000 (m) at 13-05-2016 03:05PM
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This has been going on for a long time and nothing is been done about it..Nigerians need to speak up and use all forms of social media to shout as loud as they can about this..The police is suppose to protect us and they have become a menace..Nigerian police will do and undo in the name of money..Several years ago I experience similar thing and I had to spend the night in the most disgusting prison cell being beating up by hoodlums I cant even see..That event still traumatizes me to this day..These idiot police were only interested in money and I could have lost my life in that jail cell that night..The next day I was release without any charge after some settlement....
morgan1 (m) at 13-05-2016 04:34PM
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 Roll Eyes
Eazyatumeyi (m) at 13-05-2016 05:32PM
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Hmm police nawa for una o, this offence is unlawful
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