Find me something, policeman at checkpoint tells Lagos Police PRO who drove at night in mufti

Find me something, policeman at checkpoint tells Lagos Police PRO who drove at night in mufti

A policeman at a checkpoint in Lagos State who flagged down the car of the Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who was in mufti and drove alone, asked the PRO to find him something, apparently demanding for money.

However, the PRO said he did not have anything to give him and after some time at the checkpoint and the PRO was not ready to find him something, he asked Hundeyin to go.

The PRO disclosed this while writing about his encounter with policemen at two checkpoints in the Ikeja area of the state during his on-the-spot assessment of how policemen behave at checkpoints following the outcry of some people.

He said when he got to the first checkpoint, he did not spend more than five seconds before he was allowed to go but when he got to the second one, one of the policemen who stopped him asked the PRO to find him something.

Writing about the encounter on his Twitter handle, Hundeyin said he drove around 11:50 p.m. and was in mufti driving a private car and the officers at the two checkpoints did not recognize him.

According to his tweets: “I finally carried out my social experiment. I drove around Ikeja at about 11:50 p.m, in mufti, in a private car. I passed through two police checkpoints. I spent five seconds at the first without a word from the police officer. He simply waved me on.

“I spent thirty seconds at the second checkpoint.

Officer: You be Uber?

Me: No. it’s my personal car.

Officer: Find me something.

Me: I don’t have anything.

Officer: See as you fine. Find me something.

Me: (silence).

Officer: You can go.

“On both occasions, immediately I was flagged down, I switched on the cabin light and wound down the glass on my side. I greeted first. In addition to this, in the second scenario, I smiled and deliberately appeared friendly.

“Note: They did not recognize me; neither did I identify myself. It never got to that. Papers weren’t even asked for. I am positive there are many people with similar experiences out there. Different strokes for different folks.”

(Caption): Screenshot of one of the tweets by the Lagos Police PRO on the encounter.

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