Police in Lagos have said a Corp member who was abused by the Command’s officers will be prosecuted.
The Corp member, 24-year-old David Ogunnusi, serving in Lagos was together with his brother, reportedly manhandled by three police officers around Ikorodu on Friday.
Responding on Twitter, Benjamin Hundeyin, the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command gave the names of the three officers as ASP Adedeji Babatunde, ASP Ebiloma John and Inspector Obidah Daniel, attached to the Sagamu Road Police Division in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Mr. Hundeyin said the officers behaved unprofessionally and have being issued queries. He added that the said Corp member will also be prosecuted for inciting members of the public after the clip of the assault was seen circulating on social media.
24-year-old David Ogunnusi said, “They asked for our ID cards, which we showed them as Corps members even in our uniforms, that was not enough proof for them.
“I asked them to check my bag if they would find any illicit substance or weapon in it but they chose not to, telling us to go inside their (patrol) bus, then I insisted; saying if they can’t do it publicly we were not going in.
“Suddenly, a police man in mufti gave me a blow, then they removed my Youth Corps’ face cap, while my brother was being carried like an animal. I quickly created awareness then people joined in.
“So, the police just snatched my younger brother’s phone and they zoomed off, saying we should come to their station,” Mr Ogunnusi explained.
Hundeyin said the officers were identified in the clip that was posted, adding that their action was tota totally unwarranted.
“That act was totally needless, provocative and unethical. It would have been a different case if a search at the same spot had yielded discovery of criminal items on them which would have warranted moving them to the station for further interrogation and statement taken.
“For this, CP Abiodun Alabi had ordered that the ASPs be queried and the Inspector defaulted in line with extant procedural rules of the Force.
“The corps member, on his part, will be prosecuted for inciting the members of the public against the Police,” he said.