Two killed in Oyo as bribe-seeking police officer hijacks truck, causes accident

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Angry residents on Thursday attempted to attack the Durbar station of the Nigerian police in Oyo Town on Thursday, after a police traffic warden caused the death of two persons, witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES.

Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, prevented what could have been a mob attack on the police by repelling the angry residents.

Witnesses said officers of the Area Traffic office of the Nigeria Police were on duty opposite Arena Lounge near when they flagged down a pick-up truck loaded with firewood. On the pile of firewood, were some passengers.

Upon being the stopped, the police officers asked why the driver was endangering lives by allowing people to sit on top of the firewood. He was asked to drop them all off at the check point. He did.

When asked for the vehicle papers, the driver had none. The police asked him to drive to the police station which was not up to 1 kilometer away but he refused, Muideen Olagunju, a lawmaker in the Oyo State House of Assembly, who was briefed on the incident, told PREMIUM TIMES.

One witness, Iyabo Makinde, said the driver’s refusal to yield to demand, understood as an attempt to compel him to bribe the officers, infuriated one of the wardens, identified as Mr. Jeleel. fb_img_1475837439761

The driver reportedly explained that he was returning from the farm and had no money.

But Mr. Jeleel commandeered the truck, and attempted to drive it to the police station. He lost control midway, and ran the vehicle into a pole.

The truck flipped and killed a passersby instantly. A second person, Jamiu, who was injured, later died at the hospital on Friday.

Mr. Jeleel was unhurt.

“But other officers who I stood with fled instead running to the aid of those involved in the accident,” she said.

“In this hard time, police are still extorting people,” a resident, Olalekan Azeez, who also spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on the incident, said.

A group, Oyo Global Forum, condemned the incident and called for prosecution of Mr. Jeleel.

The group said police had to “stop corrupt, disgraceful practice of extorting citizens to avoid angry reactions from people who have had to contend with the current socio-economic situation”.

Oyo police spokesperson, Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the development Saturday morning. Mr. Ajisebutu said Mr. Jeleel and others on duty had been ordered to face orderly room trial.

A source at the Durbar station told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Jeleel had been recommended for dismissal, while other officers on duty were recommended for demotion by a rank.


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  • cajetan

    Though it is unfortunate that Mr Jeheel acted the way he did. It is also unfortunate that it involved lose of precious lives but the issue of bribery does not come in. It is an act of lawlessness on the part of the pick-up van driver on one hand and Mr Jeheel on the other hand.

    • McAlfred Uta

      If there is no demand for bribery why did the Driver protest that he is coming from the farm and has no money to settle? “One witness, Iyabo Makinde, said the driver’s refusal to yield to demand, understood as an attempt to compel him to bribe the officers, infuriated one of the wardens, identified as Mr. Jeleel. The driver reportedly explained that he was returning from the farm and had no money”. It is either you are not fully educated to comprehend the paragraph I have just reproduced or a policeman or benefactor of police atrocities.

  • George

    APC mean death, sorrows, pains, Tinubukuru, God please destroy Buhari quickly, let Abacha death be better than his own

  • McAlfred Uta

    While the Police high command wallow in self deceit of stopping road blocks (actually toll gates) for illegal bribery and corruption, none of them including the IGP is bold enough to disguise in mufti and drive himself to see if their orders are being obeyed to the letter. The reason for this unintelligent approach to solving this perennial problem associated with the police (note that egunje is possibly why hundreds of thousand applied for few vacant police jobs) is that the higher officer have mandated and set daily targets which must be met by constables, sergeants and corporals in the hot sun, with further instruction to kill anyone who fails to “settle”. Should these senior officers dare drive out in non police vehicles, you can be rest assured that the much junior officers will waste their life. Can the failing and lopsided anti corruption mantra of APC be extended to the Police?

  • tunde

    Like it or not,bribery and corruption had been means of livelihood of nigerian police force since its inception,unless the IG is in self denial.But this is 21st century and i thought their modus operandi must have changed for the better.Instead,it has gotten worst putting people they were supposed to serve and protect in danger.Blame the government for police officers misgivings because of low pay.And Low Pay=Low Morale.