Some men in mufti who claimed to be officers of the Nigeria Police Force reportedly attempted to whisk away a petrol station owner in Port Harcourt. According to Kofi Bartels, an award-winning Nigerian broadcast journalist who shared the video on Tuesday morning, August 11, the men who were in plainclothes tried to force the man into a private car they came with.
“Let me provide some background to this video. I was walking over to my neighbors place when the red Camry with tinted windows suddenly stopped by my side. 3 men alighted & said the C.P. wanted to see me at his office. Surprised, I told them to provide means of i.d, an invitation letter & an official vehicle.
They said that the C.P. doesn’t need to give a letter of invitation to see anyone, a position which I objected to.
At this point, they wanted to force me into the red Camry with tinted windows & a scuffle ensued but I had called Elekahia police station b4 now.
I also asked my staff to start recording the incident on their mobile phones. My refusal to go with them threw them off guard as can be seen on their faces.
It turned out to be a failed abduction. I’m in discussions with my legal colleagues on the next legal steps to take in reaction to this unwarranted invasion of my space. In the struggle that ensued during the incident off camera, one of my staff was seriously manhandled.”
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