Okada, Keke Riders Accuse Gombe Police Of Shielding Criminals
Okada and Keke operators in Gombe are unhappy with the police command in the state.
They are displeased with the manner the police are handling incidents of motorcycle and tricycle theft.
The riders under the aegis National Commercial Motorcycle and Tricycle Owners and Riders Association (NACTOMORAS) alleged that suspected motorcycle and tricycle robbers were given enough freedom to carry out their activities.
According to Public Relation Officer of Gombe state chapter of the association Kabiru Jafaru, the number of syndicates busted and arrested by police in connection to killing and motorcycle snatching within the Gombe metropolis confirm his claims.
"He also confessed that he can lead the police to people behind all the killings and snatching of motorcycle in Gombe”.
He added that motorcycle and tricycle riders have in the recent years been targeted by criminals from within and outside Gombe metropolis.
Jafaru stated the acts have left many of the young men in the business either dead or hospitalized.
“Two of our okada riders were on Tuesday targeted out whom one is dead and the other one hospitalized with their motorcycles snatch and taken away.
“This is an unfortunate situation for them despite the free hand giving to them by the government of Gombe state to do their business.
“We are calling on security agents to stop charging those criminals arrested to court until after thorough investigation is made and actors involved in the criminal act are fished out and arrested.
Explaining why charging the suspects to court without proper investigation, Jafaru said “Those criminals sometimes uses cocaine to drug on our member before snatching their bike or Keke Napep.
“The snatched motorcycles are being sold with forged receipt and papers.
“A suspect once confessed that he led the police to those who produce the fake papers and those that supply them the cocaine they use, instead of making good use of the information, he was arrested and charged to court.
“Nobody ever go after those that either buy stolen motorcycles or those that give the criminals weapons to rob and kill motorcyclists,” he said.
The Public Relations Officer Gombe State Police Command DSP Obed Mary Malum, however refuted the claims.
"There is no way the police will turn deaf ears or fail to follow any hint that will lead to eliminating crimes and criminality from the society".
“Let those that claim to have information on any criminal syndicate bring it to my office and see how it will be used,” she added.
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