The governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayose has condemned the beating of one Mrs Toyin Adeyeye on Friday.
According to her husband, Mr Akanni Adeyeye he said the police officers in Ado Ekiti allegedly brutalised his wife for refusing to give them bribe.
It was stated by Punch, that Toyin, who returned from the United States of America ten days prior to the incident, was said to have been taken to the New Iyin Police Station alongside her two month-old baby, Heritage and her younger brother, Adeniyi Dada.
The incident took place at a police checkpoint, few metres away from the residence of the state’s police commissioner, Abdullah Chafe.
About five officers were said to have carried out the alleged attack.
When contacted, the police commissioner, Chafe said that the victim was detained for slapping a police officer and tearing his uniform, adding that the matter is still under investigation.
Adeyeye, who disclosed that his wife spent the night at the police station, said: “My wife and her brother were returning from the market at about 3.00pm 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 licence 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 10.00pm. There are wounds on 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 cruelty to my wife, my baby and my brother-in-law. Neither my wife nor her brother slapped any policeman or tore any uniform. The question to be asked is how would somebody who is not armed attack an armed policeman? They are cooking up this falsehood to cover up their brutality.
Meanwhile in a Media Chat on Sunday with Governor Fayose, he clearly stated that officers should not use their uniform to oppress the people but to protect the people and he does not encourage such act.