The Inspector General of Police has instructed that Ms Lois Iorvihi’s car be fixed by the Police immediately on the bill of the Nigeria Police, and ordered that a thorough investigation into the matter be carried out. …photo credit: Sunday Akoji
THE IMPUNITY OF EXECUTIVE CONVOYS ON OUR ROADS:
Yesterday my friends Lois Iorvihi, her younger Sister Joi and brother Jerry were at the receiving end of Police brutality at the instance of an Executive convoy.
The trio were on their way from Makurdi to Abuja. The journey from Makurdi through Lafia to Akwanga was smooth until they got to Nasarawa Eggon less than 100km from Abuja.
If you are familiar with the road, just immediately after the bypass on that sharp bend where many souls have perished, a dispatch rider overtook her car and was crisscrossing in front of her instructing her to clear off the road.
Before she knew what was going on she heard a loud siren from behind. As she was trying to veer off the road, a Hilux van loaded with riot Policemen armed to the teeth pushed her car off the road. In her agitated state she managed to bring the car to a halt in front of the valley.
Immediately she brought the car to a stopped four riot Mobile Police men descended on the car using the nozzle of their rifles to perforate and scratch the body of her car.
While this was going on, her brother seated on the passenger seat wind down and pleaded with the Police men thus:
“PLEASE SIR, TAKE IT EASY. CAN’T YOU SEE THAT SHE IS A WOMAN AND ALREADY AGITATED.”
Immediately they dragged him out of the car, used the butt of their rifles on his jaw and beat him up to a pulp.
While this was going on her younger sister Joi brought out her phone and took some pictures. They saw her and seized her phones and Ipad, and smashed all their devices.
Meanwhile Lois has gone hysterical and was screaming on the middle of the road shouting, “Is this fair,” repeatedly.
At a stage traffic began to build up on both sides of the road. Someone whispered to her, “Madam their Oga dey inside that Jeep, go and beg him.”
She then walked towards the heavily tinted SUV bearing the Nigerian Coat of Arm and insignia of a Governor. When she got to a few yards before the car, the heavily tinted widow was brought down. Lo and behold, seated at the owner’s corner was Governor Tanko Al Makura of Nasarawa state.
The first thing the Governor said was, “Young girl, you are so rude. Look at how you’re dressed like a prostitute.”
(She was wearing a short gown that covered up to her knee).
In her agitated state, she fired back at His Excellency, Governor Tanko Al Makura and said:
“How am I rude. Is this fair? Is this why we voted for you? We did not vote for you so that your convoy will run us out of the road. Look at what your security are doing? They are destroying my car, beating my brother to a pulp and smashing all our mobile devices just because we had the misfortune of driving in front of your convoy?”
Governor Al Makura fired back at her thus:
“You can take the case to wherever you wish or go to hell.”
He wind up and his ADC who was standing by the car window pushed her away and entered the car.
She saw his name on the tag on his chest. She called out his name, RINGIM!
And he fired back at her saying, “YES, THAT IS MY NAME. I AM THE GOVERNOR’S ADC. YOU CAN GO TO ANY LENGTH YOU WISH, WE ARE EQUAL TO THE TASK. WE WILL HANDLE YOU. RAT!”
And they zoomed off leaving the Hilux van loaded with riot Policemen.
They arrested Lois, Joi and her brother Jerry and took them back to the Divisional Police Headquarters in Lafia at about 5pm yesterday.
On getting to the station in Lafia, she was slammed with two count charges:
1) OBSTRUCTING THE CONVOY OF GOVERNOR TANKO AL MAKURA.
2) BEING RUDE TO GOVERNOR TANKO AL MAKURA.
The were detained until this afternoon and released after forcing her to write a letter of apology addressed to His Excellency, Governor Tanko Al Makura of Nasarawa state for obstructing his convoy and being rude to him.
As we speak Jerry is in pains and presently receiving treatment from Police brutality.
His offense: Asking the Policemen to take it easy with his sister who was driving in front of Governor Al Makura’s convoy.
Joi is depressed! Her phones, Ipad were smashed on the road and a Police man attached to the convoy of Al Makura used his jungle boots and jumped repeatedly on the devices so that they are destroyed beyond repairs.
Take a look at the attached photo of Lois’s car. That’s her Peugeot 407 without a single dent before the encounter with Governor Tanko Al Makura’s convoy.
My people, is this fair? Much as we cannot do anything and Tanko Al Makura and his Rottweilers playing God has all the powers and teeth to deal with hapless citizens who obstructs his convoy on a Federal Highway, we must ask the question again and again, IS THIS FAIR?
Today it is the turn of Lois, Joi and Jerry. Tomorrow it may be your turn. Remember injustice to one, is injustice to all.
Let the words go out, share it widely, the convoy of Governor Tanko Al Makura and the Policemen attached to him are a beast oppressing motorists on the road.
Run for dear life when Tanko Al Makura is driving behind you.