By Stanley Nwanosike
Enugu – The Police Command in Enugu State has set up X-Squad and Monitoring Unit to fish out policemen who extorts tricycle operators in Enugu and its environs.
The Police Commissioner in the state, Mr Danmalam Mohammed, made this known on Saturday at a security sensitisation campaign for the operators at IMT campus 2 park.
Mohammed said that the command would intensify action against any form of extortion by police personnel at stop and search points.
Mohammad, who was represented by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Ebere Amaraizu, said that erring personnel would be made to face necessary disciplinary action.
“We are releasing the command’s distress call numbers and social media contacts for easy partnership with you.
“We are advising tricycle operators to report through the appropriate authority any perceived case of extortion,’’ he said.
Mohammed, however, stressed the need for the operators to always be law abiding, safety and security conscious as well as partner the police in ensuring a safe society.
He advised them to promptly report any security threat in their environment to enable the police and other security agencies take immediate action.
Earlier, the State Chairman of the association, Mr Benjamin Ikah, thanked the police for the campaign, adding that it is the right step in the right direction.
Ikah called on members of the association to be law abiding and not engage or encourage criminal activities or take laws into their hands.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps also sensitised the operators about relevant traffic rules.