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Extortion by Intimidation: Joint Patrol Teams Picking Up Imo Youths Randomly, Extorting Them… Nonsonkwa


The International president of Protect The Weak International Foundation (PROWIF) a human rights group based in Owerri Imo state , Mazi Chinonso Uba Nonsonkwa has decried the continuous harassment and Intimidation of Imo youths by the joint Patrol team comprising the Nigeria police, military and Civil defense who on daily basis rip off innocent Imo youths especially undergraduates of the various higher institutions in the state through illegal arrest and consequent extortion.Mazi Chinonso Uba made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Owerri the Imo state capital . He gave vivid instances of such intimidation going on around IMSU backgate, Ikenegbu, Nekede, Ihiagwa, Wethral Rd, Douglas Rd, Egbu Rd axis, Mbaise Axis, Aba Rd, Onitsha-Owerri Rd and Okigwe Rd.According to Mazi Uba, these joint Patrol teams recklessly double cross youngmen driving flashy cars, force them down from their cars with intimidation and threaten them with frivolous allegations,just to beat them into parting with their hard earned money.” The worst part of this whole unfortunate incidents is the threat of tagging them IPOB or ESN members if they refuse to “corporate” with them.
We have had cases of undergraduate students of the federal university of technology FUTO, Federal Polytechnic Nekede and Imsu being hoodwinked into making huge monetary transfer of between two hundred thousand naira and fifty thousand naira.
This has continued unabated with no reaction from the Imo state police command nor the Imo state government.”Nonsonkwa Stated that PROWIF had written to the former Imo CP concerning this ugly behavior of his men but there was no reaction till he left.’ It’s important to note that the former Imo CP Mohammed Barde never took the report serious, which we believe gave his men the morale booster they needed to continue their nefarious activities across Imo state.” He saidThe group called upon the new Imo CP Stephen Olariwaju to rise up to the occasion and put a final stop to these men in police and military uniforms using gun to terrorize, intimidate and extort innocent Imo youths especially undergraduates. These men are the reason people have so much hatred for the Nigeria police. It’s unfortunate that after being trained to police with integrity and the mantra of police is your friend, some elements in police and military uniforms working as Joint Patrol teams,are hellbent on degrading and rubbishing the image of the force.” Imolites are peace loving people but might not contain the Intimidation much longer if nothing is done.
Our group will continue to remind the security agents of the need to always stick to the rules of engagement in the discharge of their constitutional and statutory duties to avoid an avoidable situation that might trigger an inbalance to the security of lives and properties.”The group however cautioned Imo youths to always stay clean so as to have the rightful stand whenever they are being intimidated by the joint Patrol teams.The group further admonished the youths never to be cowed or forced to make monetary transfers but insist on being taken to the station if they had committed any offense.’ Finally,we at Protect The Weak International Foundation PROWIF are ready to defend any Imo youth who felt his right has been trampled upon by the joint Patrol team and we shall offer such Imo youth free legal representation in Court and ensure justice is served” He concluded.To reach PROWIF call them on 09013382841.


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