Does the word “public servant” have a different meaning in Nigeria from the rest of the world? I always thought they were there to serve the public and not harass. I recently had a bad experience with the ones I met.
I was having a normal work day and was running around as usual, having being stressed from the work load. I did not except that we will be getting a visit from some public servants whose job was to check that we had the right documentation and valid certifications needed to operate as a business and offer services to the general public.
Me, being a new staff and did not know anything about what they were asking about. Giving us the needful time to search for the documents they left us for some minutes after promising to come back.
I put a call to the company’s headquarters asking them to send to us a copy of the papers but was told that they were with the company’s lawyer and asked that I relay the message to the public servants which I did, unfortunately for me, they did not receive the message well as they started shouting at me and threatened to lock up the place.
I quietly sat in my office and watched them as they kept on shouting. One of them asked me to pack my things and leave my office so they can lock it up, but I had left my bag in my office while trying to get them to speak with our company’s lawyer. They bluntly refused to speak to the lawyer as one of them rushed to lock up my office, I equally rushed to get my bag but he refused to allow me get my bags.
After some minutes of words exchange and struggle, I was later allowed to collect my bag then they proceeded to lock up my office.
When asked later about it, they stated that they locked up the place because they felt insulted (I wonder how that is an offense). After all said and done, we presented the papers they needed and had to pay them “fuel money” for coming to lock up our place.