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Driver Handcuffed To Police Van Recounts Ordeal |The Republican News

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• AIG detains erring policemen

Alexander Okere, Benin

A 38-year-old commercial bus driver, Kester Edun, who was handcuffed by some policemen to a patrol van and subjected to inhuman treatment for about seven hours in the Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, says he did not commit any offence.

PUNCH Metro had reported on Thursday that Edun was handcuffed to the van after his passenger escaped arrest.

The victim, a father of one from Delta State, had earlier been stopped by the security operatives from the Esigie Police Division.

The policemen were said to have searched him but found nothing incriminating on him.

His passenger, however, fled when the security operatives found something on the ground suspected to be hemp.

A resident of the area, Augustine Ogbonmwan, who reportedly captured the brutality meted out to Edun on his mobile phone, was also detained by the police.

Edun said it dawned on him that the policemen were after him when they refused to go after the fleeing passenger.

He said, “The security operatives cuffed my hand to their van and dragged me on the road to compel me to admit to being an accomplice to the passenger.”

He claimed to have lost some amount of money and his phone in the process.

He said, “I did not have any incriminating thing on the bus. When the passenger was searched, they found an empty pack of cigarettes in his pocket. Later, the boy ran away. I asked them to run after him, but they ignored me.

“They handcuffed me to the vehicle, adding that I must accept that I was the boy’s accomplice.

“I told them that I did not know the boy, but they cuffed and dragged me from First (Junction) to Third Junction. The policemen parked and started hitting me and I did not know what happened afterwards because I fainted.”

It was learnt that Edun was later taken to a private hospital by the policemen, where he was handcuffed to a hospital bed and later detained in a cell at the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for allegedly being a cult member, an allegation he denied.

It was, however, gathered that Edun and Ogbonwan were later released on Wednesday.

The bus driver said, “I am not a cult member. I did not do anything. They should also return my mobile phone and money. I remit N5,000 to the owner of the seized bus every day.”

Meanwhile, it was gathered that the erring policemen had been arrested and detained on the order of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed.

Mohammed told our correspondent that while the zonal command had commenced an investigation into the matter,  the detained policemen would  face an orderly room trial.

He, however, did not disclose the identities of the policemen.

The AIG said the action of the cops was unprofessional and a violation of the principle of democratic policing.

He  said, “We wish to state that the victims, one Kester and Austin Ogbonmwan, are in good health and are cooperating in the investigation.”

Also, the Edo State Government has described the incident as “cruel, inhuman and barbaric.”

It added that that it had ordered a judicial probe into the incident.

The state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. John Mayaki, on Thursday, said the law must be implemented decently.

The statement read in part, “This government resolutely believes that while the law must be rigorously enforced, it must be done within the bounds of decency, civility and legality.”             (Punchng.com)

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Four Police Officers Arrested For Handcuffing Bus Driver To Police Van

They were arrested after pictures and video of their brutality against a commercial bus driver went viral.

 

Four policemen attached to the Esigie Police Division have been arrested and detained at the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 5.

The four policemen were on Thursday made to face orderly room trial.

They were arrested after pictures and video of their brutality against a commercial bus driver went viral.

Their victim, Odozi Kester, was handcuffed to a police Hilux van and was dragged on the ground until he fainted.

The AIG, zone 5, Abubakar Adamu, described the conduct of the policemen as unprofessional which he said, does not depicts the ethics and core values of the Nigeria Police Force.

AIG Adamu said the action violated the principle of democratic policing.

He told newsmen that the Zonal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (ZCIID) has commenced full scale investigation into the matter.

AIG Adamu promised that anybody found wanting would be sanctioned after investigation has been concluded.

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SHOCKING: A Young Man Beaten Into Coma By Two Mobile Police Officers In Lekki, Lagos (Video)

By Ike A. Offor

A yet-unidentified young man in his 20s was beaten into pulp by two mobile police officers in Lekki, Lagos state.

The incident took place at Zenith bank in Lekki, where the young man came to withdraw money from the ATM machines and altercation ensued between him and the two mobile police officers. The two police officers joined hands and beat the man up until he became unconscious.

According to the accounts of the eye witnesses, which painted a very gory picture of what transpired between the young man and the two mobile police officers. The tale is not a very good one indeed.

According to eye witnesses who narrated the story, after he was beaten  and lost consciousness, he was abandoned on the street in the pool of his blood and phlegm gushing out of his mouth and perhaps blocking his lungs.

These eye witnesses pressurised the mobile police officers to take him to the hospital, of which the ignored until after 30 minutes after the victim lost consciousness. As the video showed, after intense pressure from the public, these officers then gave in and took him to the hospital

There was no medical personnel on the scene to administer a simple CPR or to attend to him to help the victim regain consciousness. He was lifeless with phlegm dripping out of his mouth when one of the mobile police officers was struggling to position him on a car seat.

The registration of the car that took him to the hospital is LSS  52915, this could a car of a good Samaritan who  volunteered to help out or the car belonging to the police officers.

At the time of this report, the identity of the victim as well as that of the two mobile police officers remain unknown.

One of the witnesses who shared a Facebook video with The Republican News gave the official numbers of the mobile police officers as Baba Alfa [NPF no. 228620] and Officer E.D .[NPF no. 224780]

The victim is perhaps dead from the look of things at the time he was lowered into the car and driven off to the hospital.

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