My First Encounter with the Police
Over here, the government always talk about freedom of speech and all of that stuff but the truth is that if you're a Nigerian or someone who has stayed in this country, you will know that that is all bullshit talk. I mean not too long ago, a man was arrested and locked up just because he named his dog after the president, his dog was also killed. So you see, we don't really practise freedom of anything and that is probably one of the reasons why the police harass the common citizens because they know nothing will be done to them.
The first time I had a real police encounter was when I traveled home from school to go spend some time with the family. My mom had sent me om an errand to go buy so meats and on my way there, this guy holding an AK47 came down from a bus and asked me to stop. He roughly searched me as if an informant had told him something about me. He had asked me where I was going to and I told I wanted to go buy meat and he said I was lying that I was going to buy some weed.
Luckily for me, the whole thing didn't escalate and I was set free, probably because of my innocent face. It's important to note that those men could have easily arrested me for no crime at all without anybody knowing while my family would be at home, waiting for their son and some meat.
Well that wasn't my scariest encounter with them. That one happened on my way back to school. I had boarded a private vehicle because I heard it was faster and I really wanted to get home before dark because whenever I travel, I always arrive at my hostel by 9pm or something around that time.
It turned out that I should have just stuck to my usual public transport because this time, we got stopped twice. And every time we were stopped, I was always the one they paid most interest on and that was because I was the youngest in that vehicle. For some reason they believe old people don't do cyber crimes, only the young ones.
One of the officers had searched my phone and even went ahead to turn on my laptop, probably searching for his girlfriend's picture. The reason why I say this is the scariest is because both stop and searched had happened in two completely different states in the country that I wasn't familiar with, so if this guys had seen something (maybe the picture of a white lady who probably was my friend), I would have been handcuffed and taken to their station.
I ended up getting home past twelve midnight and that was the last time I boarded a private transport. I'm not doing that again because I never want to experience any of that harassment anymore.