By BOSE ADELAJA
Several warnings from KAI Marshal, Rtd. General Danjuma Meigeri, not withstanding, some notorious KAI Brigade officials, have shifted their extortion of erring pedestrians who prefer to dash cross the expressway rather than using overhead bridges from the Ketu-Ojota area to Onipanu in Ikorodu road.
Before the recent shift the unscrupulous officials used to operate from the Ojota and Ketu areas.
Even the amount charged has gone up, with erring pedestrians currently parting with as much as N2000 rather than the N100 or N200 being charged at Ojota..
This indecent act is being perfected by the corrupt KAI officials in a manner void of suspicion as they station their Black Maria on the culvert and effect arrest of erring pedestrians pretending to arraign them at the court for the environmental offence.
In the process, the victims are driven to a secret place to begin negotiation for illegal bail without trial.
At the negotiating point, offenders that are ‘buoyant’ enough to meet up with the negotiation are released while those who could not meet up are taken to KAI office to face the wrath of law. Investigations revealed that ‘cooperating’ offenders are charged N2,000 for illegal bail.
Apart from the extortion at Onipanu, the officials are allegedly feeding fat on road side traders and hawkers.
A source at Oshodi who pleaded anonymity informed that the extortion has become lucrative such that some of the officials now operate outside their officials hours.
A visit to some KAI offices like Ojota (adjacent to the BRT yard), Oshodi, Shitta in Surulere revealed that the officials have cooking pots, plates and stoves and other seized items from traders only to be shared among themselves having consumed the ones they could, the remaining are taken to their various homes.