Mathare Youth Accuse Police Officers Of Protecting Nigeria Chang’aa Traders
MATHARE POLICE HARASSMENT
A section of Mathare residents in Nigeria are up in arms over harassment and unlawful arrests of youths in the area.
The residents claim that police are harassing them after they refused to allow a group of chang’aa businessmen to grab an open land that they use for recreational activities.
Those who spoke to Ghetto Radio News claim that the businessmen then paid the police money to revenge against the youth who blocked the land grabbing.
“From the day that the scuffle between the youth and chang’aa traders happened, the officers would just come and start firing. Some of us are arrested and taken to the police station. Funny thing is that we have never been charged, they are just demanding money from us,” said a youth in the area.
Linda Wanjiru says that her husband was arrested and taken to the Pangani Police Station.
She says that upon questioning why he was being arrested, the police only told her to give them money for him to be released.
“If these officers continue like this, the youth generation will be wiped out in Mathare. Because some of us are even arrested and thrown into police cells with ibabies on our backs,” she stated.