“I was beaten, lost one million leones plus my driver’s license in the scuffle”, Mattru Bike Chairman
By-Jonathan B. Umaru in Mattru Jong
Commercial bike riders in Mattru Jong have demolished a police check point after a raid on some of their members for failing to wear masks.
The bike riders park Chairperson in Mattru Jong, Ansu Murana said his intervention to help his colleagues detained by the police for lack of masks led to his arrest and was dragged to the police station.
“I was seriously beaten, lost one million leones plus my driver’s license in the scuffle”, he said.
The Mattru commercial bike union said his forceful arrest by the police sparked anger from the disgruntled riders that led to the demolition of their checkpoint at Bandajuma in the Bonthe district. Councilor Foday Mas Wai said the park chairman faced physical assault which sparked the riot.
“There were reports from bike riders regarding frequent harassment from both the traffic police and wardens in the township”, Mas Wai said.
He said the union leadership told him that, the Sumbuya junction check point is not effective in combating Covid-19. But a daily extortion point for police officers. The Mattru Jong police leadership has not yet respond to this allegation.