The Senator-elect representing Ebonyi North senatorial zone, Barr. Onyekachi Nwaebonyi, has said that the 10th National Assembly will summon the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba to account for the various funds extorted from innocent Nigerians at checkpoints.
Nwaebonyi said this while addressing newsmen on Sunday, hours after a thanksgiving service that took place at the ecumenical centre Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state.
He called on the IGP to resign from office if he will not stop the extortion at checkpoints within seven days.
Daily Post reported that the lawmaker lamented the continuous intimidation, harassment and tortures that innocent Nigerians pass through in the hands of brutal police officers at the various checkpoints in the country, especially in Abuja metropolis.
He said, “I have observed with dismay the activities of the uniform men, not just at Onuebonyi junction, but all over Nigeria. I have traveled across the country.
“Even at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, policemen will stop you, instead of searching what you have, they will be interested in how much you will give them. Sometimes, if you give them one thousand naira, they will go and get your balance for you.
“They will charge you any amount of money they want you to pay, based on your personal assessment. These are one of the areas we are going to address at the 10th National Assembly. This nonsense can’t continue. Nigeria is not a Banana republic. This is a federation. And we have the rule of law.
“If the Nigerian government should engage Nigeria police to collect taxes on the road, it should be formalized. We can’t continue to keep quiet. It shouldn’t continue.
“This is a broad day robbery of innocent Nigerians. And we big men will come and they (police) will clear us and we will pass. But the ordinary people will be there and be robbed with guns. What a country? Nigeria is the giant of Africa. It can’t continue.
“When the 10th National Assembly is inaugurated, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, will be summoned because as I speak, I have video evidence of over one hundred of these extortions going on.
“We will give him (IGP) this poser, can’t this stop? If it can’t stop within seven (7) days, he should leave the office. He is not qualified to be Inspector General of Police.
“We will tell ourselves the truth. The Angels will not come down to reshape this country, it is we, ourselves will do it. The right thing must be done.”