A Nigerian citizen who assaulted a policeman and tried to bribe them has been arrested for drug possession.


A 34-year-old man was arrested by the IIOC (Undercover) Response Unit of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) for drug possession, assaulting a police officer and bribery in Johannesburg’s central business district last weekend.

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Explaining the incident, JMPD spokesperson Halani Fihla said: “On Sunday, September 11, 2022, while on patrol in Ntemi Pilisa Street, officers observed and stopped a brown KIA Picanto running a red light.”

“During the inspection of the car, the officers found narcotic substances in his possession – 99 sachets of nyaope,” he said.


Fihla added that when the officers confronted the Nigerian man about the drugs, he became violent and elbowed the officer while trying to flee the scene on foot.

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Ninety sachets of nyaope were confiscated from a Nigerian national. Photo: JMPD/ Facebook.

“Officers gave chase and apprehended the suspect who was resisting arrest at Ntemi Pilis and Hall Street.”


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He further explained that the Nigerian national tried to bribe the officers with 430 rand for his release.

“The suspect has been arrested and remanded in custody at Johannesburg Central SAPS on several charges and will appear in court within a week,” Fichla confirmed.

On the same day, JMPD officers impounded a Jeep Wrangler for a number plate investigation in Joburg’s inner city.

According to JMPD Region F1 Operations officers, the vehicle displayed a license plate that did not match the license plate.

No arrests have been confirmed in this particular case.

This is a developing story.

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