A young man has raised an alarm over the incessant arrest of youths by police in the Mabushi/Jahi area of the Federal Capital Territory.
He claimed that in the past one week, young men have been arrested for either keeping dreadlocks or dying their hair.
The Abuja resident known as @Yucee_ took to Twitter to share a video of a police station filled with different people that had been arrested for the same reason.
According to him, they called the Police Complaints line but nothing was done about the worrisome situation.
He said about 100 people had already been detained as at Thursday night, 15th of December 2022.
He called on the police authorities to intervene because they were being held against their will without being informed of their crime or offence.
He wrote; “The Nigerian police Mabushi division have been extorting people living around mabushi / Jahi axis for the past one week for just Tinting their hair or being on dread locks 🤦♂️. As at yesterday they had over 100 persons on this count and demanded they pay 10,000 each
Without saying what their crime was at the station. @Princemoye1 , the Nigerian complaint number was informed of what is happening at the diving but they did nothing about it.”
Watch video below:
In related news, a man identified as Ibrahim Kazeem, has narrated how police officers allegedly harrassed and extorted his friend, who works remotely.
He said his friend just moved to a new place in Ilorin, Kwara state, but because he always stays indoors to do some work, it raised suspicion.
Neighbours apparently reported the man to police, who then stormed his house to question him for always being inside.
He explained that he was a remote worker, but they did not believe there was any concept like ‘working from home’
According to Kazeem who narrated the incident on Twitter, his friend’s phone was seized to prevent him from further contacting his lawyer for help.
He wrote; ‘‘My friend moved to his house in the outskirts of Ilọrin 3 months ago. Police went to his home this morning that he was reported to be staying indoors 2much.
He told dem he’s a remote worker but they said there’s nothing remote about working. They took his phone so he won’t be able to follow up with his lawyer after reaching him.
They left him this night after harassing and extorting him. Even in your house, you can sit down and injure your neck(read in yoruba). A new low for the men in Aṣọ opo. Sigh.”
A tweep @khanofkhans11_ commented; Someone reported him smh
Kazeem @peng_writer replied; ”Walahi. New area o. I guess because he is the only one with light. 😀He run solar to his own home since there’s no electricity in that area yet.”