Some police officers who were seen in a viral video assaulting a woman who was out to “get drugs for her people” in Osun state have been arrested.
The security operatives were arrested after the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu averred that the police force will not condone any act of misconduct and recklessness on the part of its personnel under his watch.
The policemen identified as Inspector Ikuesan Taiwo with AP NO 251724 and PC Abass Ibrahim with Force No. 509634 are currently being detained, and it was further gathered their orderly room trial had since commenced.
A statement released by the Nigerian police force reads;
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni condemns this unwarranted, unnecessary and unjustifiable assault on this innocent citizen (as shown in the attached viral video), at the Odo Ori Market, Iwo Osun State by men of the Force attached to Iwo Division, Osun
“Following the IGP’s condemnation and directives that the Commissioner of Police immediately arrest and bring the officers to book, CP Johnson Kokumo mni, the Commissioner of Police in charge of Osun State Command where the incident occurred, has arrested the officers involved in the unfortunate incident.
“They are Inspector Ikuesan Taiwo with AP NO 251724 and PC Abass Ibrahim with Force No. 509634. The duo are currently being detained and their orderly room trial had since commenced.
“The IGP reiterates that the Police under his watch will not condone any act of misconduct and recklessness on the part of its personnel.
“He enjoins the citizens to continue to cooperate with the leadership of the Force as it strives to reposition the NPF into an effective, efficient and people-friendly Force.”
The Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni condemns this unwarranted, unnecessary and unjustifiable assault on this innocent citizen (as shown in the attached viral video), at the Odo Ori Market, Iwo Osun State by men of the Force attached to Iwo Division, Osun pic.twitter.com/oNJ3iZdjY9
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) April 18, 2020
Recounting her ordeal on Twitter, the assault victim said she was in the neighbourhood to get drugs and relief materials when the incident occurred.
Showing off the injury she sustained after the incident, Tola Azeez wrote;
“This is me been beaten by the police today on my way to get drugs and some relief materials for my people.
“My body is all swollen. Already I had heard how sergeant Ikuesan can be so mean to Iwo people who are law abiding. But I’ve never met him in person until today. He refused to listen to me.
“They dragged me. On citing them, I got off the bike I was and stood in front of my friend’s house, and then the sergeant asked me if that is where I live, I told him no, and then started telling him how I came to get drugs in the area……He wouldn’t listen
“He dragged me to the road by my cloth and started beating me, was still making an effort to explain when others joined in.
“This is a pic of one of the bruise on my thigh aftermath of the beating. Many more on my thighs and all over my body.”