The Ekiti State Police Command have offered an explanation why they detained a nursing mother, Toyin Adeyeye, who was allegedly assaulted by a police officer.
“Those people slapped my policeman on duty and tore his uniform,” Ekiti State Police Commissioner, Abdullahi Chafe said. “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,” he explained.
We reported earlier that the nursing mother, who was been driven by her younger brother, on Friday, was assaulted by the police for refusing to give them a bribe. After the alleged beating, Toyin, her younger brother, Adeniyi Dada and her two-month old baby, Heritage, were taken to New Iyin Police post. Their car, a Kia Picanto, was also impounded. The story has long since set social media agog with majority of the users condemning the police high-handedness.
But now as PT reports, it seems the police has a different version of events.
“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.”
According to the police boss, the woman, who only recently returned from the U.S. where she delivered her baby, committed an offence at the checkpoint when she was asked to prove the ownership of the car her brother was driving. Otherwise, the police wouldn’t have detained her.
“I don’t want a woman to be detained with baby or with pregnancy, I don’t want an old woman or a minor to be detained. I have taken note of this and we will take the right action on the matter as investigation continues”, he said.
According to him, the policemen requested for vehicle particulars and driver’s licence of his brother-in-law who drove the car and found them to be up to date. But his wife’s refusal to offer a bribe led to the severe beating which left wounds on her back and face. He also expressed shock that the police fabricated the story of his wife tearing up a police officer’s uniform.