By David Royal
Bolt Nigeria on Sunday reacted to a viral video and a press release by a Nigerian man alleging that its driver connived with SARS officers to harass and extort him of N100k.
Within the assertion, Bolt denied data of the mentioned connivance and pledged to help the passenger in any investigation with all info it will probably collect from its digital platform.
SARS, which has come below hearth as a result of a number of narratives of harassment, threats and extortion, was alleged to have forcefully arrested the younger man in Lagos and extorted about 100,000 naira from him on September twenty fifth.
The video was posted on Twitter and has since acquired over a thousand retweets.
Within the video, males not sporting uniforms have been seen hustling a younger man right into a automotive, whereas one other man in a blue shirt, recognized because the Bolt driver, watches. The motive force, after the sufferer has been efficiently stuffed into the automotive, enters and drives off.
Based on the sufferer, recognized as @yourmydad on Twitter, the incident occurred whereas on his approach to decide up some objects at Yaba together with his good friend.
“I’m the one on this video
“On twenty fifth September 2020 My good friend and I have been on our approach to yaba, to choose up some objects which we needed to ship for “daddythebrand on ig” when our bolt obtained stopped by males with out uniforms who claimed to be sars officer.i refused to open the doorways as a result of that they had no i.d
“My good friend who accompanied me was asleep so I circled to wake him up, once I seen the @Boltapp_ng driver unlocked the doorways and so they pressured their approach in. One sat in entrance whereas the opposite on the again sit with us. They requested for our telephones which we gave them.
“After checking our telephones and discovering nothing they informed my good friend to get down from the automotive and get into their bus. He complied. Then he regarded to me and requested me to do the identical, I refused asking what I had completed.. I additional requested for his ID card to make certain he’s an officer and never
“The video above. Within the automotive they began to threaten me. Telling me how they lol lock me up.. chain me and nobody would do something about it. My bolt driver didn’t point out one phrase all through all this. We drove to some bridge the place they put my in handcuffs
“And informed me that if I attempted to name out for assist once more, they’ll shoot me and throw my physique down and nobody would discover me. These guys are actual demons.i obtained into their bus then they mentioned they’re taking me to SFU division ikoyi. That’s their station.. after driving round
“After driving for about half-hour to at least one hour they requested us(me and my man) to pay them 1 million and I requested why ? Are they now not taking us to the station to tell us our crime. The one who sat in entrance who appears to be their boss obtained offended at my assertion which led to Additional threats from the man who sat in entrance who seems to be their boss
“Seeing that we weren’t about to offer them that cash they ended up bringing it right down to 100k which they drove us to zenith financial institution alongside osolo approach, reverse sos dwelling. The place they made my man get down from they bus to withdraw the cash from the atm at zenith financial institution
“After they obtained the cash they allow us to go. Until now I nonetheless have no idea my crime. I referred to as the bolt driver to return the issues I left in his automotive and I discovered he has blocked my quantity. Contacted @Boltapp_ng and so they mentioned there’s nothing they’ll do as their Drivers are unbiased contractors. I’ve concerned my solicitors and I’ll be suing bolt for damages in addition to Lagos state, for not using rogues as officer who’s goal is to kill and loot harmless folks.”
Beneath is a press release issued by Bolt Nigeria on Sunday:
Recall that as a result of latest extrajudicial killings by operatives of Particular Anti Theft Squad (SARS), the Inspector Common of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday banned the personnel of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad from routine patrols.
He additionally banned different tactical squads of the pressure, together with the Particular Tactical Squad, Intelligence Response Group, Anti-Cultism Squad, and different squads working on the Federal, Zonal, and Command ranges, from finishing up routine patrols.