A Nigerian man identified as Ibrahim Kazeem, has narrated how police officers allegedly harrassed and extorted his friend, who works remotely.
He said his friend just moved to a new place in Ilorin, Kwara state, but because he always stays indoors to do some work, it raised suspicion.
Neighbours apparently reported the man to police, who then stormed his house to question him for always being inside.
He explained that he was a remote worker, but they did not believe there was any concept like ‘working from home’
He wrote; ‘‘My friend moved to his house in the outskirts of Ilọrin 3 months ago. Police went to his home this morning that he was reported to be staying indoors 2much.
He told dem he’s a remote worker but they said there’s nothing remote about working. They took his phone so he won’t be able to follow up with his lawyer after reaching him.
They left him this night after harassing and extorting him. Even in your house, you can sit down and injure your neck(read in yoruba). A new low for the men in Aṣọ opo. Sigh.”
A tweep @khanofkhans11_ commented; Someone reported him smh
Kazeem @peng_writer replied; ”Walahi. New area o. I guess because he is the only one with light. 😀He run solar to his own home since there’s no electricity in that area yet.”
Other social media users shared similar experiences while some gave suggestions on how to prevent a reoccurrence.
@hodzoporium; This has been happening recently with remote workers & it boils down to misconduct by police officers due to unverifiedintel from supposed informants (neighbors).
It’s just a sad thing that the world moved already, but our people are still locked in Stone Age.
@oloriruby; He should carry a megaphone and curse them and their children very early in the morning. Move up and down the street like 7times, blessing them with heavy Yoruba curses. He should not forget to add that if another set of police comes to disturb him,the curses multiply by 100.
@_Houzil; This happened to my friend too. They broke into his house around 4am, he was detained for EIGHT days. This happened two months ago.
@Ogbeni_Rasbom; This has been my problem. Though we have >20hrs of electricity daily.
But because I’m always indoor, and the times I’m outdoor, I’m always pressing phone. Several people in the àdúgbò has been telling me bads of doing yahoo and some asking to borrow money I don’t have.
@Marleeki; Well, if he doesn’t do the needful to remedy tgis situation from happening again. The police have found where they will be getting their daily bread from because they will do it again and again trust me.