by O. S David


The Ado Ekiti (Ekiti State capital) police unleashed their cruelty on a nursing mother on Friday.

The woman identified as Mrs. Toyin Adeyeye, her two months, old baby, Heritage, and her younger brother, Adeniyi Dada, were reportedly beaten up and detained for refusing to give bribe to Policemen at a checkpoint.

According to report gathered, the incident happened few meters away from the official residence of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abdullahi Chafe.
Mrs. Adeyeye, who just returned from the United States of America, where she had gone to deliver the baby, ten days earlier. Apart from detaining the trio, the police also confiscated the black Kia Picanto car which registration number is LAGOS FKJ 221 EE with which they were coming from the market.

Mr. Akanni Adeyeye (the woman’s husband ) Speaking with reporters on Saturday said: “My wife and her brother were returning from the market at about 3.00 pm 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 license 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 10.00 pm. There are wounds at 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 action of 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.”
Meanwhile, the state chapter of Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), has launched an investigation into the matter as the state chairperson of the body, Mrs. Funke Anoma, visited the station in connection with the incident at about 12.30 pm.

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The state Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Chafe, said the detainees slapped a policeman on duty and tore his uniform, adding that the matter was still under investigation. When contacted on phone by The Nation.
Chafe added “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.”

The woman was breastfeeding her baby Saturday morning when reporter from The Nation visited the police station on a fact-finding mission.


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