Convener of the Nigeria Broadcasters Merit Awards, Gbolahan has narrated how he was dehumanised and forced to pay 70,000 for traffic offences he didn’t commit in Lagos.
In a statement made available to DAILY POST on Saturday he said he was treated like a criminal after policemen tagged as task force took over his vehicle and forcefully took him to their station.
He also called on the state Governor, Sanwo-Olu to look into the matter and ensure that other helpless citizens don’t become a victim of the same experience he encountered.
“A couple of weeks ago, having done with my business runs around Mile 12/Owode Onirin, I decided to make a U-turn on a lane that ran into BRT lane as approved by the Lagos State government. This navigates you into two-lane oncoming traffic of Ikorodu road by Owode Elede.
“As I drove towards Mile 12, I was flagged down by one dirty looking guy on mufti. The guy claimed that I had broken traffic law by taking the BRT lane!
“I was in shock because I know that I did not commit any traffic offense.
“Suddenly, I just saw two fully harmed policemen tagged Task force, dragging the car doors, trying to enter my car forcefully.
“The next minute, the guy on the mufti jumped in front of my car and started losing my plate number. Suddenly another police officer gained entrance into my car and snatched the key from the ignition.
“I was ordered to take the passenger seat while the policeman drove the car to LAMATA compound in Ojota. That was the beginning of dehumanization.
“The police officers did not only treat me like a criminal, they frustrated my life with long protocols attached to the due process of going to court in the task force office at Oshodi.
“I was detained for 9 hours with the only option of paying 70k or delayed for two days or more.
“My day was messed up, 70k gone from my account for injustice and what a proper mobile court would have settled in minutes,” he wrote.