The cliche “Wonders shall never end” has really come to stay in Nigeria as different wonder-provoking stories reel out from different corners of the country daily. This time the annoyingly amazing story is coming from the stable of the Nigerian Police Force! Onlookers were awe-stricken yesterday, Friday, August 2, in Benue state when a mobile police man, simply identified as Corporal Terfa, shot some civilians because they did not greet him.
According to Idoma Voice, the police officer, Corporal Terfa, attached to a check point in Zaki Biam area of the state, reportedly opened fire on a driver and his passengers for the simple reason that the driver refused to exchange pleasantries with him.
Even though nobody was reported dead, a child was said to have sustained bullet wounds in the course of the occurrence. Narrating the event, an eyewitness, Saror Sekav, said:
“Our police are funnily stupid. Today, I saw the worst cadre. A mobile police man stopped us at a checkpoint in Zaki Biam and ordered us out of the car on the grounds that our driver was fond of not greeting him. We and the driver begged that he should let us go but he refused. We thought he was joking until when he turned down his superior’s order to allow us leave.”
With this and many other similar incidents of craze exhibited by the Nigerian Police in mind, it becomes imperative for other Police Commands in the country to adopt the order issued by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, AIG Abdulmajid Ali, that mental test be carried out on policemen in the command.
He also directed that all personnel of the command be tested for drunkenness in order to “avoid any accidental discharge or extrajudicial killing.” Abdulmajid Ali conveyed the message in a statement on Thursday, August 18, through the Zone 2 Command spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi.