Nollywood actress Didi Ekanem speaks up as she calls out the Nigerian police force of harassing and extorting her of her hard-earned money around the Lekki area of Lagos State barely over a month after the #EndSARS protests.
The curvy script-interpreter turn fashion designer revealed that she was bullied, humiliated and intimidated while in the custody of the Nigerian police force for over 9-hours just because she made a U-turn at the wrong place. Didi Ekanem admitted in her post that she knows she did something wrong but doesn’t deserve the way she was treated by the police. According to Didi the event took place on November 18.
Didi Ekanem said she didn’t file a formal report because her family members asked her not to.
“I felt extremely humiliated because I was harassed. The officers were very insensitive. I admit that I broke the law but it was not deliberate. I made a U-turn at a wrong place because I wanted to rush back to get my ulcer medications. Before I could complete the turn, some heavily armed task force officials pointed guns at me while shouting. I tried to explain my predicament but they did not hear me out. Because they saw that I was a young lady, they felt comfortable bullying and intimidating me. I cried and admitted that I broke the law. I pleaded with them to temper justice with mercy and forgive me. Because I broke the law, they felt justified (to harass me). I did not introduce myself as an actress. I just told them I was a fashion designer. I have videos of their faces but I did not want to post it online.”
“There were about 10 of them and one almost touched my breasts while pretending to be friendly. When their commander finally came, they told me to talk to him but they eventually drove me to Alausa, Ikeja. I pleaded with him but he started to make sexual advances at me too. He said, ‘I like you― your body, (especially) your buttocks’, and I felt so irritated. At the end of the day, he asked me to pay N200, 000 but I could only afford N100,000. I eventually made a bank transfer before they released my car. This ordeal lasted from 9 am to 6 pm.”
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