11th January, 2012
A 36-year-old woman from Delta State, resident in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, is asking the Lagos police Command to fish out the officers who beat her up on Christmas Day.
The woman, Lucy Ufoma Palmer, was beaten up by policemen who were patrolling Ademola Alakija in Victoria Island.
She had her tooth broken by one of the policemen who, according to her, kicked her on the mouth.
According to the victim, she had gone to the Island on a visit that Christmas Day and was at the bus stop waiting for a cab that would take her home when “suddenly, a white Toyota Hilux van was coming. The driver beamed the light at me and I made some gesticulations for them to dim the light because the it was affecting my eyes.
“The van with registration number LL 626 EKY stopped and the driver asked what I was saying and I explained that the light was affecting my eyes.”
She said the man, who was with two other men, came down from the vehicle and flashed his torchlight on her, asking if she knew who she was talking to.
“I told him that what he was doing was not fair. In the process, one of the other two men who wore police uniforms came down from the van and slapped me at the back of my head and I fell down.
“While I was shouting for help,the three men began hitting me with their shoes and in the process, one hit me in the mouth and broke my tooth,” she explained amid tears.
She said she was smart enough to memorise the name and service number of one of them, which she gave as John A with number 387117.
The victim added that the police arrested one of the sympathisers who thronged the place to appeal to them.
“They took me and the man in their van and sped off. When they got to Iyanoworo, they stopped and asked us to come down but I objected because I was scared of the place since it was dark.
“When they realised that people around were becoming suspicious, they asked me and the man to enter the van and they turned and headed towards Victoria Island,” she explained.
She said the policemen forced her out of the van when they got to Falomofrom where she went to report the matter at the Bar Beach Police Station.
She said that after her statement, the police officer on duty asked her to go home and treat herself, adding that the policemen who allegedly committed the offence were not from that place.
She said she went to the state Police Public Relations Officer, Samuel Jinadu, who asked her to go back to the Bar Beach Police Station from where she was directed to Alausa after meeting with the Divisional Crime Officer of the station.
“I didn’t meet the DPO but I narrated my ordeal to the DCO, who advised that I should go to Alausa and ask those at the control room to help me get the station to which the policemen are attached. I got there and they were pushing me around,” she said.
She appealed to the police authority to ensure that justice is done.
A lawyer in the state, Adeniyi Adebisi, who has declared interest in the case, told P.M. NEWS that he wants the policemen who committed the offence to be dealt with in line with the law.
When contacted, Jinadu said he was ready to take up the case, adding that the lady should be asked to see him so as to settle the matter.