By Brown Chimezie
Residents of the Bamishi area of Kuje, Abuja, have appealed to the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police, Usman Alkali Baba, to come to their aid by prevailing on the Kuje Divisional Police Officer, CSP Sambo, to desist from colluding with land grabbers and allegedly harassing, molesting and exploiting the residents.
The residents within the area covering the Centenary City Abuja alleged that they are under regular harassment by land grabbers and corrupt government officials, including the DPO and his officers who molest and extort them, despite the fact that they have their landed documents.
The residents complained that CSP Sambo and his officers provide escort and protection for the land grabbers to harass and intimidate innocent citizens regularly.
One of the residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of further harassment, said the DPO and the miscreants invaded the area on August 19, 2022. He said they chased away workers on site, beat up hawkers struggling to eke out a living by selling water, minerals and food items as well as bricklayers and other workers working in the area.
Some of the residents with approved Certificates of Occupancy appealed to the IGP and, indeed, the Federal Government to come to their rescue, to avoid a breakdown of law and order which could worsen the already tense situation in the Federal Capital Territory.