Some commercial motorcycle operators have accused the FCT Police of cover-up in cases of policemen arrested for allegedly snatching their members’ machines.
The motorcyclists protested in some parts of the city and also marched to the headquarters of Media Trust Limited in Abuja.
They alleged that policemen disguised as hoodlums and snatched their motorcycles while uniformed officers also impounded motorcycles which were never traced again.
One of the victims, Mohammed Bello Bakyasuwa, said a police constable (name withheld) was caught by the operators and that his police identity card, which he left behind after he fled, was used to trace him leading to his arrest.
“We are surprised that till now, though we heard that about 20 police officers were indicted, they (police) still come to raid us and impound our ‘Okada’ despite our overtures to their superiors to leave us alone,” Bakyasuwa alleged.
The chairman of the Okada operators in Daki Biyu/Jabi garage, Malam Garba Usman, said over 30 motorcycles had been impounded by the policemen. The motorcycles, he said, could not be traced or recovered alleging that the police usually took those arrested to their Mabushi office before releasing them and taking away the motorcycles.
When contacted, police sources said the matter was under investigation by the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID).
Meanwhile, the police constable, who was traced through his police identification card is said to be in detention.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) police spokesman, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Anjuguri Manzah, could not be reached for comment as at press time.