A Nollywood actress, Didi Ekanem, said she was harassed and extorted recently by some police officers in Lagos State.
Ms Ekanem, according to a report published on Sunday by Punch newspaper, said the police officers, about 10 of them, took on her because she violated traffic regulation.
She said the incident happened on November 18, around the Lekki area of Lagos.
“I admit that I broke the law but it was not deliberate. I made a U-turn at a wrong place because I wanted to rush back to get my ulcer medications,” Punch quoted the actress as saying.
“Before I could complete the turn, some heavily armed task force officials pointed guns at me while shouting. I tried to explain my predicament but they did not hear me out.
“Because they saw that I was a young lady, they felt comfortable bullying and intimidating me. I cried and admitted that I broke the law. I pleaded with them to temper justice with mercy and forgive me
Because I broke the law, they felt justified (to harass me).”
Ms Ekanem said she did not want to introduce herself as an actress, but rather told the officers she was a fashion designer.
She said she was able to capture the faces of the officers in a video.
“There were about 10 of them and one almost touched my breasts while pretending to be friendly.