SOLDIERS ATTACHED TO BEDC OFFICE TURNED EFCC PERSONNEL JUST AS EDOCSO DARES CBN ‘NO PHONE CALLS’ SIGNPOST DIRECTIVE:

SOLDIERS ATTACHED TO BEDC OFFICE TURNED EFCC PERSONNEL JUST AS EDOCSO DARES CBN ‘NO PHONE CALLS’ SIGNPOST DIRECTIVE:

Just yesterday here, a citizen reported to Edo Civil Society Organisations how he alighted from a taxi beside the perimeter fence of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company headquarters on Akpakpava Road.

Sooner that he alighted from the taxi that some military personnel from the premises accosted him and demanded to know what he has in his bag, he confidently gave them the bag for a search. Upon discovery that he had a computer laptop in it, they accused him of cybercrime and detained the bag containing the laptop and other valuables. They didn’t stop at that, they asked him to come ‘bail’ the laptop from their custody with money.

He offered them the sum of N500 as ransom for the kidnapped laptop and they refused it thereby demanding for something substantial. When he saw that they weren’t going to release it, he came to lodge the complaint at the Masses’ House which is our secretariat. Leftist Omobude Agho led other activists to the headquarters of the BEDC to enquire if they legal powers to fight cybercrime have been taken from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and handed to the Nigerian Army.

Upon our arrival, there was tension everywhere as the only military personnel on duty was making calls with so much apprehension. The Chief Security Officer was later called to mediate. The CSO hearing about what had happened was totally disappointed and pleaded with us over the incident and ordered the immediate release of the laptop and other valuables contained therein. The soldiers who perpetuated the infraction had gone out for other duties; he ordered that they should be summoned just as he promised to deal with them according to the military rules.

In another development, we have been worried with the spate of reports of how policemen stationed at the entrance of Central Bank of Nigeria on Akpakpava Road harass and intimidate citizens who receive or make calls along the road while walking past the apex bank because of a signpost prohibiting calls outside their premises. One of our comrades deliberately at our collective instruction made a call walking past the apex bank. In line with our expectations, the same overzealous policemen swooped on him to take hold of his mobile phone, the rest of us appeared from nowhere demanding the law he has violated. When they saw our insistence of knowing the law he violated and threatened to pursue the matter to any length, the most senior officer among them started pleading with us to let the issue slide while they returned his mobile phone with immediate order.

It will interest us to know that, the CBN have placed same signposts on the opposite side of their building, that is, former NITEL building which is not their premises nor is it even close to theirs as you can see in the attached picture.

One of the characteristics of the oppressors is that, they keep on pressing the weak and vulnerable if they are not resisted. The last time we made a post concerning this issue before they extended it to a location that is not even near their premises, a lot of our people tried to discourage us from the agitation. As a matter of fact, they were defending the CBN for restricting citizens from taking or making calls outside their premises. Today, they have extended it to across their premises.

When we take up a fight, it is not for our freedom and liberation alone but for every other persons in the society. As for us, the oppressors tremble and runs when they hear our voices. Same people we are fighting the oppressors for are defending their oppressors.

Leftist Osazee Edigin
Public Relations Officer
Edo Civil Society Organisations
No. 1, Sokponba Road, (ACB Building)
Benin City,
Edo State,
Nigeria.
Twitter: @alutaedocso
www.edocso.org

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