A man has returned an AK 37 rifle he snatched from the police at the Itu-Odukpani bridge area of Cross River State for collecting bribe while enforcing coronavirus lockdown.
Grassroot Reporters reports that the rifle was snatched from one of the police officers attached to the Cross River State Covid-19 Interstate Movement Enforcement Team stationed at the bridge.
The man whose identity is yet to be made known, confessed to having snatched the gun from the police, pointing out that he was angry at the huge extortion the police officers stationed at the bridge to enforce coronavirus lockdown were engaging in the area, hence decided to mobilize youth and snatch their gun.
A resident in the area who confirmed the incident said the police were collecting bribes between N500 to N5, 000 to allow residents use the road, an action that made the youth angry, forcing them to attack the police and collect their riffle.
WAR learned that the man returned the gun to the police out of fear when Mr. Enefiok Inyang, the Odukpani Local Government Area, Vice Chairman became angry over the incident and threatened to do a house search to locate who stole the gun.
The snatched gun has since been handed over to Mr. Kabiru T. Salisu, Mobile Police (MOPOL) 11 Commander at Odukpani in the company of Mr. Ani Esin, the State Security Adviser and Inyang, the local Government Vice Chairman.
Salisu, while receiving the gun on behalf of the police, assured the community of police protection and co-operation.
He also commended the state government for their intervention to get the issue resolved and encouraged other states to imitate them, pointing out that it is the only way the police can effectively tackle crimes and criminalities.
There have been numerous accusations about policemen enforcing coronavirus lockdown collecting bribes from residents especially the commercial motorcycles and vehicle operators.
Allegations the police authority has since denied. However, this appears to be an apparent case of police involvement in collecting bribe while enforcing the coronavirus lockdown order.