By EMMANUEL UDOM
Prince Manko Umar, the performing and no-nonsense Lagos police chief should call some corrupt police officers, serving at various police divisions in the state to order.
Even as Muhammed Abubakar, the Inspector-general of police has dismantled roadblocks and is today preaching the gospel of police conducts, some corrupt officers are trying to put sand, sand in the garri of the top police chief in Nigeria.
How? Some officers have now formed the habits of harassing and intimidating hotel, guest houses, beer palours and restaurant owners to part with free beer, food, suya and money in the name of carrying out investigations into robbery incidents.
Last week Friday, www.allvoices.com reporter, based on information visited some guest houses, hotels, beer palours and restaurants around Agege and its environs on an undercover mission.
Most hotel, guest houses, restaurants and beer palours owners complained bitterly that some corrupt police officers are trying to run them out of business through reckless extortions.
Almost every other day, some officers from Elere, and other police stations around Agege and Ogba could storm their business premises on the pretext of carrying out investigations to drink free beer, eat food and extort money from them, a source lamented.
For instance, a worker at House 15 Guest House, located along Coker Road in Orile Agege, Lagos lamented that in the past two weeks, his business has suffered some loses as police officers either anti-robbery squad, Elere police station or Area G police command could storm his guest house, eat, drink and collect money without cautions.
Some customers at the place have been arrested by the officers under the pretext of investigating incident, our source said.
Another worker at a hotel located along Ipaja road also cried out over the allege reckless extortions by some police officers in the area, threatening to mobilize his colleagues to petition the inspector general of police as well as the Lagos police commissioner over the corrupt activities of some of the officers.