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|SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by jerrybone(f): 5:29pm On Aug 04|
Wednesday August 4 passed like a dream to me. I have heard about the inadequacies of the Dapo Abiodun led Ogun state government but today hit me in the face and I still can’t believe it all
I was accosted at the Sapon area by people in mufti who looked more like robbers than government workers who claimed to be working for the Abeokuta South Local Government and I wondered what was happening because :
1. They had no uniforms
2. No name tags
3. No identification or ID cards
4. No face masks
They claimed I drove on one-way and the first thing I did was asked for the sign. They showed me some sign and I accepted and asked to go to their office as I was not interested in paying an undocumented bribe. I turned and saw that one of them (now wearing a lemon vest) had removed my number plate and I told him I was not going to go anywhere without it.
Another asked to get into my car and I told him he cannot if he isn’t wearing a facemask (National policy from the President himself) eventually, one of them went to buy one, my number plate was fixed and they led me to their “Office” close to CBN and asked me to park somewhere. I got down expecting to be led into an office to see how much the fine is only for me to be led to a restaurant. A lady said they will book a ticket for me and collect a fine.
TAKE ME TO YOUR OFFICE
I did not allow her finish and asked that I want to be taken to their office as it was not right. She said she is at the restaurant because she was monitoring the other cars and motorcycles arrested and I asked her to point the office to me so I can go pay my fine and she refused. I told her if she didn’t, I will simply go home. At this point, she asked that my car be chained. I ignored.
I kept insisting on going to their office and at this point the ignored until a man from another department came and told them to give me a booking so I can go pay to the local government headquarters in Ake. I was given the payment advice and I took a commercial motorcycle to Ake.
On getting to the headquarters, the revenue office told me they have an office where I was coming from that I was supposed to pay to and asked me to go back, they directed me to a certain MR Wasiu. I called him and he said he was in the complex where my car was impounded and he has an office there. I took another motorcycle back, I got back hoping to meet this MR Wasiu in his official office but I was shocked when he was sitting under a shed as he said he had no office and that place was just a make-shift place.
I now irritated, gave him the ticket and he asked me to pay 10,000. I gave him and he took the money in cash (against federal government directive on TSA)
The questions I have include:
1. Is it right for local government officials to collect stop motorists while not in uniform?
2. Is it legal to not wear a name tag or any form of identification?
3. Is it right for officials to be on the road without facemasks and outing citizens at risk?
4. Is it right to remove people’s number plate?
5. How can so-called officials work from a restaurant?
6. Why collect money in cash in violation of TSA?
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by joegigs(m): 11:20pm On Aug 04|
At last, I dedicate this FTC to all hardworking guys. We are reaching the promised land.
|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Enudapan: 11:20pm On Aug 04|
Nah eh! No qualms
This is so unsophisticated
Even with the bad roads in ogun
Thugs still they collect moni
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by DrChukki: 11:21pm On Aug 04|
Reading through the lines of this post, OP, I can see you're an educated and enlightened person who expects to see things function as they ought to.
But don't forget that's a Nigeria system.
I remember in my year 1 in the university, I used to receive lectures under a mango tree, so if any government worker should approach me tomorrow and tell me his office is in a public toilet, seriously I won't doubt him. Neither will I think he's illegal.
Even the payment you made didn't go to official TSA account. I guess they shared the money immediately you left and used it to eat Àmàlà at that restaurant.
At this point, nothing surprises me again in Nigeria. Anyhow they want it, that's how I will be doing it for them.
It's Lord Lugard that God will punish.
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by AmuEbule: 11:22pm On Aug 04|
|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by olu77(m): 11:22pm On Aug 04|
They are police friends, there is nothing you can do.
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by kennykruzmason: 11:23pm On Aug 04|
|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Nigercity: 11:23pm On Aug 04|
exactly what's on my
Ogun and bad news be like 5 nd 6
If not the governor telling them, that there roads wouldn't/can't be fixed till next 40 years, it would be gas explosion or something like that or herdsmen giving some communities over there a Chase.
Most times I do wonder if all this ogun news are actually real
Especially the gas explosion part
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Virgohills(m): 11:24pm On Aug 04|
|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Tbasicme: 11:25pm On Aug 04|
Welcome to 9ja
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Pharaohny: 11:25pm On Aug 04|
He no go better for Dapo Abiodun
He has successful transform ogun state to hoodlum state.
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Holadokun(m): 11:25pm On Aug 04|
We should sell this country...
CHINA should give everyone the balance to share.
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by ojun50(m): 11:25pm On Aug 04|
Wetin APC government go use our eye see eeh
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by WhatCanIsay(m): 11:27pm On Aug 04|
Seems every state don de get crooks in such form.
Thugs will band together and start enforcing some abstract rules, and it's hard to fight it.
Rudderless government na wetin e de cos
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by 234GT(m): 11:28pm On Aug 04|
I dont even know where you can run foul of one way in Sapon.
The road network is pretty simple.
Maybe you are new new there.
Ake secretariat is closer to Sapon than CBN. They are just useless crooks.
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by NaijaGoBetter20: 11:29pm On Aug 04|
I think all the religious bodies should dedicate a day to pray for Naija youths.
If not drug, it will be yahoo or prostitution.
They should stop preaching hell and paradise for now because if earth no balance heaven self go get K leg lol
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Engrr(m): 11:29pm On Aug 04|
Oga u be new come for Naija? U get luck sef say they no rub you of your belongings...
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Titto93(m): 11:29pm On Aug 04|
You paid 10,000 to be freed?
I had a similar experience yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra state, na 50,000 I paid.
I created a thread about it, but I don't know why the mods doesn't want to move it to FP
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by GeneralPula: 11:30pm On Aug 04|
The story get as e be sha
|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by joowealth(m): 11:30pm On Aug 04|
Ogun State with miscreants..... so embarrassing, even for you to drive your motorcycle in peace is impossible. You will always see those thuds on major bus stops stopping and harassing you. And to add salt to the injury, Dapo Abiodun refused to do roads.
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by MrMcJay(m): 11:32pm On Aug 04|
Those bingos jumped in front of my vehicle the last time I passed Sapon, I had to swerve to avoid hitting them.
Next time, I will be more deliberate. If their destinies are to have their legs broken in pieces, who am I to stop them?
|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by anthonyuncle(m): 11:32pm On Aug 04|
when will all these come to an end
|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by donprincebigt(m): 11:36pm On Aug 04|
Na that one pain u
The other day at isale igbehin exactly by the bridge beside the government house while I was in school(MAPOLY) then. My cousin called me to come help him pick his motorcycle frm his mechanic shop. I Neva knew it was only a one way to that amolaso road. I wasn't even driving fast being an amateur. That idiot just jumped to my front and dragged the motorcycle hand with me, unfortunately for him there was this pointed iron beside the motorcycle turtle which cut his hand so deep that blood was gushing out. That thing now provoked him. He said I passed one way and I was trying to explain to him that I didn't know and again I avnt even turned to one way line but this idiot didn't listen. He made sure he took the bike to panseke saying I should come meet him there in their office (somebody without uniform for that matter).
I called my cousin to explain to him, then he said I should wait for him till he comes. When we both got to panseke. I was hoping we r going to the office. Not knowing he's just a thug claiming to be working for trace. The bike was parked beside Domino pizza waiting for me to come roja them. We then told him to take us to d office, he was now bragging that we must pay him 20k. Then I was like for what. Let's go to the office. Some commercial bikemen there now called me behind to tell me he's just a normal tout that even the so called office did not send them the crazy job they are doing. Na there we con start argument o. He himself couldn't take me to the main office. If not for one of them which we already know in the street that intervened. That's how we gave him 2k b4 he gave me back the key. My joy that day was that even the 2k I gave him, he's surely gonna use it to treat the deep wound he got on his hand. And the pain he would get dat night no be here.
Government needs to stop giving all this illiterate thugs the opportunity to extort hardworking citizens.
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by asobo1: 11:40pm On Aug 04|
Come 2023, the same governor will be returned elected. Who are now deceiving?
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Ayomax(m): 11:41pm On Aug 04|
Same thing happened to me in 2017. Had to bribe them with 5k. Those guys are just criminals
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by davit: 11:43pm On Aug 04|
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by Sochimaobim(m): 11:44pm On Aug 04|
I was gonna blame you for wasting your time if you know you will pay the money eventually, but on a second thought, I realized that if all of us has your mindset, it will be a step in the right direction for us as a country
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by RSAV: 11:46pm On Aug 04|
Sorry about that experience. I believe you have learnt some lessons, good or bad.
I observed you didn't object to the Route Violation (one way) you were booked for. Asides being a traffic offence, it could have led to a crash. Please avoid it henceforth.
To your questions, the officials that impounded your vehicle are LG officials, as you noted and stated. They are not bound by FG's TSA policy. Most States and LGs still operate accounts in commercial banks and collect revenue in cash or through accounts in those banks.
The mode of operations of those officials is crude and lacks basic training and decency. However, LGs just like other tiers of Government have the right to collect road taxes or fines. It's on the concurrent list in the Constitution.
It's best to avoid such issues in Nigeria because you're not sure of being treated in a civilized and decent manner.
Thank God you didn't hit a motorcycle rider or a pedestrian. You may have spent more than the 10k you paid as fine.
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|Re: SOS: How Thugs Extort Road Users In Sapon, Ogun State by MANNABBQGRILLS: 11:47pm On Aug 04|
We need more of this kinda awareness all over our communities all over the nation.
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