A woman, Toyin Adeyeye, her two month-old baby, Heritage and her younger brother, Adeniyi Dada have allegedly been brutalized by policemen in Ekiti State for refusing to give bribe at a police checkpoint.
It was learnt that they were beaten by five policemen who later took them to New Iyin Police Station.
It was gathered that the incident happened at the checkpoint in front of Ekiti Pavilion.
The police also impounded the victim’s black Kia Picanto car with registration number LAGOS FKJ 221 EE.
It was learnt that Adeyeye just returned from the United States of America where she had her baby.
Her husband, Akanni Adeyeye, decried the alleged brutality meted out to his wife with lacerations on her body and bruises on the face.
He said the policemen withheld his brother-in-law’s vehicle particulars and driver’s licence, while demanding for a bribe.
He said they however refused to I’ve ant bribe to the policemen.
Adeyeye said,”My wife and her brother were returning from the market at about 3.00pm on Friday and on arrival at the checkpoint in front of the Pavilion very close to their station, they asked for all vehicle papers and driver’s licence which were produced and they are valid.
“After checking all the documents, the policemen were demanding for money to be given as ‘settlement’ which my wife and her brother refused. My wife drew their attention to the baby that was crying in the car.
“Five of them were beating her at the point of arrest and on getting to the station, the beating continued. After thoroughly beating her, they obtained her statement around 10.00pm. There are wounds on the back of my wife and face to show for it.
“On getting to the station, they now cooked up a story that my wife slapped one of them and tore his uniform which is a lie. They are telling this lie to justify their cruelty to my wife, my baby and my brother-in-law.
“Neither my wife nor her brother slapped any policeman or tore any uniform. The question to be asked is how would somebody who is not armed attack an armed policeman? They are cooking up this falsehood to cover up their brutality.”
The Commissioner of Police, claimed that Mrs. Adeyeye was detained for allegedly slapping a policeman on duty and tearing his uniform adding that the matter was still under investigation.
Chafe said,”Those people slapped my policeman on duty and tore their uniform. Uniform is an authority and what those people did was against the law and it is not good for a civilian to slap a policeman.
“It is not good for somebody to prevent a law enforcement officer from carrying out his lawful duty. Somebody wearing the uniform? It is not about his age but the authority he carries. I don’t allow my men to do something contrary to the law.”
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