I had an encounter with the police on Saturday 12th Jan 2019 and since then i have been very worried about the safety of our future.
I had just returned from work at past 8pm and was hungry so i decided to take a shortcut from my house to the road to get a bottle of soda and any available snack. The shortcut happens to be through a police barracks which i know everyone in my area uses.
However, halfway through my journey i was immersed in deep thought of my plans until i heard a voice shout at me hey! Hey!! Who is that? Come here you no dey greet? Who are you come back here!!!! I turned it was dark and upon realization that the voice was referring to me i quickly turned back and headed towards two men standing saying"sorry sir goodevening sir"
The man quickly went into one office and came out with an axe and started shouting at me "my friend you are very stupid!!" If this is tge army barracks will you just pass like that? I see you have no home training !!!
My friend remove that cap!!!! I complied all the while saying nothing in response as he continued to tain insults on me.
"My friend sitdon for ground u dey mad????"
I complied at this point i was very upset and i decided not to respond to him. Then he went on with his insults for about five minutes all the while his colleague was watching...
He came to me and asked what is my name but i kept mute he asked again and i was silent then he hit my back with the back of the axe and told his colleague that he would just give me short sleeve i.e axe my leg since i am being stubborn.
I just sat there mute until his colleague now came and asked me my name an my mission i told him and he told me to get up and go. I stood up but the other one came back and started to shout that i am going no where that i would spend my weekend at the station. But his colleague prevailed and asked me to go back instead of going through to my destination.
At this point i left that place with alot of anger and questions.
What did i do wrong?
Is it a crime not to greet the police?
What should i do in such situations next time?
Are the police not supposed to protect?
What is the future of a struggling Nigerian youth in the hands of police,?
How can a victim get justice?
Please postsmanians i need your take on this issue share experiences as well.