Following a viral video of harassment and dehumanization of a lady by some men on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, police authority has identified three officers and a civilian accomplice who participated in the unprofessional act.
This was disclosed in a statement Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Frank Mba, noting that the suspects are currently being detained at the Lagos State CID detention facility, Panti, Yaba.
“Two suspects, ASP Tijani Olatunji and Inspector Gboyega Oyeniyi have been arrested for their role in the discreditable conduct and incivility to a member of the public,” the statement read.
“Preliminary investigations show that the policemen who are attached to Area ‘A’ Command, Lion Building, Lagos, were on legitimate investigation activities to Ibadan, Oyo State where the incident took place.
“Effort is being intensified to arrest the two other accomplices. Meanwhile, appropriate disciplinary procedures will be initiated as soon as investigations are concluded,” the statement added.
In the video, one could hear the officer interrogating the young lady named Towobola, following a raid at the apartment of an alleged kidnapper.
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According to the officer who spoke in Yoruba, the young lady was to answer for how she got to know the kidnapper who she claimed to have met only recently.
After whisking the kidnap suspect away, the officers placed Towobola in handcuff and went on to harass her verbally for ‘sleeping with a criminal’.
The interrogation degenerated into very lewd seeming dialogues, with questions ranging from if the suspect is a virgin to how many people she had slept with.
The video went viral after it surfaced online with many calling for the dismissal of the officers, arguing that their conducts were unprofessional.