A Nigerian police officer interested by a failed bid to extort cash from a footballer has been captured on video making embarrassing declare that Nigerians using Mercedes Benz automobiles are fraudsters.
The video, which has been circulating on the web, has brought on a police investigation into the incident.
The cops are but to be known.
Their sufferer, Stephen Chukwude, a Nigerian, performs skilled soccer with Enyimba World Soccer Membership, Aba.
Enyimba is among the maximum a success soccer golf equipment in Nigeria, having gained two African Champion League titles, 8 Nigerian championships, and 4 federation cups since 2001.
Mr Chukwude used to be flagged down by means of two cops alongside Ugwuoba freeway on Monday, whilst he used to be travelling from Awka to Enugu.
The footballer, within the 60-seconds video, is heard telling a police officer seated beside him within the entrance of his CL 500 Mercedes Benz automobile, “I’ve proven you my ID card, you’ve searched my automobile, you’ve observed the entirety associated with a footballer, and so what else is it?
“You wish to have to take me to the (police) station, for what?”
The police officer, from the video, pointedly informed Mr Chukwude that the footballer used to be a ‘Yahoo boy’, a euphemism for an web fraudster.
“Let me ask you, is it everyone that drives a Mercedes (Benz) that could be a Yahoo boy?” Mr Chukwude stated to the officer.
“Sure, it’s everyone,” the officer spoke back.
Surprised by means of the officer’s reaction, it seems that, Mr Chukwude requested him once more, “it’s everyone?”
“Sure, it’s everyone,” the officer insisted.
The officer, realising the incident used to be being recorded by means of Mr Chukwude, was panicky, and started to battle with the footballer for the iPhone he used to be the usage of.
The footballer on Wednesday recounted to PREMIUM TIMES what came about.
He stated since he used to be doing a are living broadcast of the incident by way of Fb, the officials may no longer to find the video after they searched his iPhone.
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“It used to be a lonely street and I used to be afraid as a result of I used to be on my own within the automobile. I didn’t know what they had been as much as. That’s why I did the are living video,” Mr Chukwude stated.
“Calls began entering my telephone, from individuals who had been looking at the video. When answering the calls, I put them on speaker for the police (officials) to grasp that folks in the market had been acutely aware of what used to be occurring, in order that they policemen was afraid.”
Mr Chukwude stated the cops refused to take him to the police station, even if he time and again requested them to take action.
Once they in any case realised Mr Chukwude used to be no longer going to succumb to the intimidation and harassment, the officials resorted to begging the footballer to provide them “small factor for natural water (simply any little amount of cash)”.
“I gave them N1, 000 after which drove away,” Mr Chukwude stated.
Enyimba Soccer Membership is consulting their legal professionals at the topic, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.
However the footballer stated he would no longer press fees in opposition to the erring officials.
The police headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday evening issued a observation, soliciting for info that might assist them examine the incident.