Let me start by commending men of the Nigeria Police Force at Mpape police station in Abuja for their efforts toward the protection of lives and property, also ensuring that there is peace and order within their given area of control.
However, at the same time, I still have to report them for arresting and collecting money from motorcyclists and some residents of Mpape at night in the name of late hours.
Abuja is a busy city and many places in Abuja are business areas that operate for twenty four hours. People go to work on daily basis and some return late because of the nature of their jobs, coupled with the holdup on the ever busy roads in Abuja.
Therefore, it is not fair for the police in Mpape to be arresting and collecting money from motorcyclists and the residents for late hours. Let me accept that they may be doing their job but at the same time, over doing it because there is no place in the constitution of the nation that allows policemen in Mpape and any other part of the country to be arresting and collecting money from people at night for late hours.
Nevertheless, I am aware that the salaries and allowances of policemen in the country are very poor and that is one of the reasons why you see some of them engaging in unprofessional activities to enable them make extra money to cater for the wellbeing of their families but at the same time they should be considerate and reasonable because if everybody should go into unlawful activities due to the failure of the government to do the needful for its citizens, then, our problems are going to be more than too much.
At this point, let me call on the DPO of Mpape Police Station and by extension, the Commissioner of police in charge of Abuja, to ensure that the unlawful activities of the police in Mpape and Abuja in general are curtailed.
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