By Joe Ebi, Benin
The Benin branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has called on the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Phillip Ogbadu to urgently redeploy the Divisional Police Officer, Adesuwa Omoruyi, and some officers in Etete Division, GRA, Benin for alleged “extortion and harassment of motorists” in the axis, adding that their activities causes heavy gridlock on the road in question.
The NBA made the call in a petition to the Commissioner of Police signed by its Legal Adviser, Gavin Daudu, and made available to Info Daily on Thursday in Benin.
The NBA said in an attempt to extort money from the Vice Chairman of the branch, Mrs Agbale Paul, the officers at the Etete axis broke the side mirror of her car with no provocation, adding that when the NBA executive mobilised to the scene the officers allegedly dared the executive to call whoever they want to call as they brandished their guns.
The NBA, while stating that there have been series of complaints of extortion from citizens by officers of the Division, said if the full executive of the branch could be disregarded and dared by the officers on their extortion business wondered what could be the fate of the ordinary citizens.
“The unprofessional conduct of the these aforementioned officers and rank and file are condemnable in view of the fact that they did all these to the full compliment of the NBA Benin Exco. Only God knows what they do to ordinary and vulnerable citizens, if they could show such naked impunity to the full complimentof the NBA Benin Branch Exco.
“The NBA Benin Bar is also inundated with complaints of extortion of huge amounts of money from citizens at night around the Etete Police Station, after the curfew period, for which the DPO and her men use the curfew as a commercial venture, where they cash out from vulnerable,helpless and hapless citizens,when caught some times by unavoidable by the Curfew.
“We call for a total overhaul of the Etete Police Division, especially a redeployment of the DPO, the DCOs Ebenezer Oru and Osas Imariagbe -the gun wielding trigger-happy Police Officer .The DPO has shown by her reprehensible conduct, when called by authorities to intervene, but she excerbated the situation by her aloof and impudent mien, that she is the one who gives an official imprimatur to the impunity of her Officers and men,” the NBA said.
The NBA, while condemning the act of the DPO and her officers however expressed hope that justice will be urgently done to its demand.