STATE CID EXTORTS AND HARASS NIGERIAN CREATIVES AGAIN Written By Jerry Chiemeke

My friend William Moore, a writer & performance poet, just got back to Nigeria after a month-long vacation in the U.K. Less than 24 hours after his return, he was subjected to police brutality, extortion & false imprisonment.
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Late last night, William Moore and his friend Tey Chaplin
took a short drive from Jakande to Chevron for an in-house party. It was Tey’s sister’s birthday. Now Tey is an indie music producer; he worked on Falz ‘s “This Is Nigeria”.
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Tey wears dreadlocks.
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On their way back to Jakande by 12.30am, they were stopped by policemen who claimed to be part of the anti-kidnap squad. It was Tey’s car, & according to them, Tey “was kidnapping a white man & speeding”. My friend William is bi-racial, very lightskinned, hence the assumption.
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William identified himself, showing his ID. Next thing, they told Tey to step out, first questioning his hairstyle, and then asking him to open his phone. Tey declined. The cops then told William to enter their minibus, and when he protested, two of them cocked their guns.
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William got into the bus, but not before being shoved violently. Another policeman got into Tey’s car, ordering him to follow them, issuing all sorts of threats. William and Tey were taken all the way from Jakande on the island to State CID at Panti, Yaba.
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On getting there, William and Tey were first shoved to the counter, all the while being taunted by police. One of the cops was yelling “na me bring down Naira Marley”
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I woke up to William’s message around 2.17am.
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All he could type was “my friend and I are in Panti. Stay on. If anything happens , you know how far”
I’m sure they took his phone before he could respond to my message in the lines of “any names? should I go on Facebook?”
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As I rightly guessed, they took his phone as well as Tey’s phone. Their wristwatches were taken away too.
Will & Tey were pushed into a cell with swarming mosquitoes & roaches. There was a concrete slab for urine, and it stank.
Will was on shorts. The mosquitoes swooped in.
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In the same cell was a group of five. They had been stopped and picked while returning from a party. One was wailing. Not too long after, William was called out for “negotiations”.
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The cops demanded N500,000, as per “fresh white boy wey him be na”
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William wouldn’t budge, so they put him back in the cell. The cop who boasted of nailing Naira Marley kept yelling “Ogun kee you” at intervals. Minutes later they called William again, claiming that they had checked their phones and seen incriminating material. A locked iPhone!
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They asked for N100,000 & began to haggle wiith William like they were in a meat market. They reluctantly settled for N20,000. Two policemen with guns put William & Tey in their bus and drove to an ATM. William withdrew the N20k as agreed.
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On getting back to the station, William asked for his phone, but a policeman threatened to slap him hard if he didn’t exercise patience.
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Money changed hands. William and Tey regained their freedom and got back their valuables. The other group had no money, so there were still there when William left.
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Imagine if William had no money at all, or worse still, imagine if the policemen had been “provoked” and pulled their trigger. Lord knows what has happened to the other people in there.
Young men can’t keep their hair how they want or go out when they want simply because of men in uniform who have decided to play God.
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While we put things in place for commencing Fundamental Rights Enforcement Proceedings in court, I’d love people to speak up against this. This culture of impunity has to stop
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My friend is traumatised. It’s sad.
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EndSars

ReformTheNigerianPolice

Jerry Chiemeke

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Author: TaekPoet

Mahmud Sufiyan also known as TaekPoet in the literary world. He is a writer of short stories, a poet, haiku Lover and martial artist.

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