26, were recently tortured by a police man, Dada Ogunsanya, attached to the Ikoyi Police Division.
last week, while the couple was in a taxi en route to their home at Parkview
seven-man team, patrolling the area around 10pm.
demanded that he opened his boot for a routine check.
that after he opened his boot which contained scaffolding belts, the policeman
demanded to see his driving licence.
flashing his torchlight on my passengers who were sitting at the back.
since the inner light of the vehicle was on.
down from the cab. This started an argument. The next thing I saw was that the
policeman pulled my passenger (Ejeh) by his trousers, and his wife went to
plead with him to stop.
wearing a ring, which inflicted a deep cut on Ejeh’s face. After that, he used
the butt of his gun to hit him in his eye and face. He also dragged his wife on
on her tummy.
pregnancy. I was only trying to pet him to leave my husband since he did not
have business with us. I told him to face the cab driver and leave us alone.
“The other policemen were just looking at him while he dragged me on the
ground. A man riding a tricycle at the time was the one who rescued me. He said
the policemen must call their Divisional Police Officer or else he would not
leave the scene,” she said.
at the scene.
from his eyes, while his wife was vomiting blood. He added that the DPO ordered
that they be taken to the station to make statements.
ourselves before we could make statements. That was when we were given forms
and referred to the Falomo Police Hospital. We paid for the treatment and we
also went to the eye clinic for treatment.”
inspector at the station to delete all the pictures and video recording she did
of the incident.
DPO why she did that, she said we deserved the treatment we got. She said she
would have locked us up in the cell if not for our injuries. She said we did
not know how to talk,” she added.
his office would write a petition to the Inspector General of Police to redress
the wrong done to his clients.
challenge it. We will send a petition to the IG. We want the police to conduct
a full investigation into this,” he said.
Project Alert on Violence Against Women, Mr. Ben Odeh, said the police officer
responsible for the act should be disciplined for torturing the couple.
policeman went too far.”
confirmed the incident.
division.Inquiries are on as well as disciplinary procedures.