A lawyer has narrated how he was allegedly brutalized by the DPO of the Divisional Police Headquarters and his officers in Cross Rivers State. HGS Media Plus report.
The incident happened on Sunday, 8 November at the Divisional Police Headquarters in Ikom, Cross Rivers.
The lawyer identified as Joseph Arikpo stated that he went to help bail a client who was said to have been detained for six days.
He further stated that the DPO refused him from bailing his client, and when he quoted the right of his client, he called him a stupid man.
In his response, Joseph insisted that he was not stupid and as result of his response, the DPO punched him repeatedly and asked his officers to lock him up in the cell.
While narrating his ordeal via his Facebook page, he wrote:
“Will this POLICE BRUTALITY EVER END?
On the 8th on November 2020, I was consulted by my client to solicit the bail of a young man who had been detention at the Divisional Police Headquarters Ikom Cross River State for over six days for no just course. In adherence to the cap rank rule, I went there, met with the DPO Ikom, introduced myself and told him that I was there to solicit for the bail of my Client who had been in detention for over Six days.
The DPO told me that he was not going to release him, because according to him, he intends to arrange for a meeting between the complainant and the accused on Wednesday 11/11/2020. But I told him that he should release him for me, and that I was going to provide the suspect on the day fixed for interview, but the DPO refused.
When I tried to remind the said DPO that my client still had his Constitutional right of freedom to liberty and dignity of his human person, he(the DPO) told me that I was stupid. In my response, I told him that I am not stupid, and took exception to that insult on my person. The DPO came closer and closer and eventually started punching me. He did it repeatedly while repeating the words “I say you are STUPID” When he came very close, I could perceive some smell of alcohol.
So, I saw the need to run. When I tried to run out of the Station, he commanded a female police officer that was nearby to close the gate, and ordered another female police to “bring him some chemical mess” (tear gas) which he used on me to the cell for detention. After taking me into the cell, he assigned an IPO, to record my statement. During the period of recoding my statement, they handcuffed me and used barton and whips to batter me, just to make sure that I wrote what they wanted as my statement.
At night while I was in the cell, the DPO sent a female police officer to come and seize my blood stained shirt so as to conceal the evidence that I was brutalized, but God help me, as I had hidden same before they came. Thank God for the NBA IKOM Chapter that came to my rescue!”
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