A video of an officer of Nigerian Police Force manhandling a bus passenger along Lokoja-Okene road in Kogi State has gone viral across social media platforms.
The video which was covertly recorded by one of the other passengers in the bus, showed the police officer slapping and and threatening to shoot the passenger.
According to the commentary by the recorder, the police had extorted a passenger whom they carried to a POS forcefully, and another passenger who tried to confront their action was beaten up.
“They forced one of our passenger enter motor, go withdraw money for ATM. All the…… drivers park now say this thing is not right. E come now dey slap passengers wey no do anything, say why e go talk say why dey go follow the boy go POS.”
Reacting to the video, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has ordered the Kogi State Commissioner of Police to immediately carry out discrete investigations into the incident.
In a press statement through the Force Public Relations Officer, “the IGP calls for calm, noting that at the end of the investigations, justice will be done to the victim of the incident and police personnel found guilty, brought to book.”
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kogi State, DSP Williams Ayah has confirmed that the officers involved have been detained and undergoing investigation.
“The Kogi State Police Command has commenced investigations into a trending video where Police personnel attached to Adogo Division, while on patrol duty along Adogo-Okene road, reportedly extorted the sum of Twenty-Five Thousand Naira (N25,000) from a traveller while another was physically assaulted by one of the men in uniform.
“The Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Police Command, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban, psc (+), fdc, while condemning the incident, noted that the Police officers have been identified and detained at the State Criminal Investigations Department. The officers are: ASP Isah Barnabas, Inspector Ifediegwu Godwin, Sgt Emmanuel Ochima and CPL Umameh Mathias who physically assaulted one of the travellers. The Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) has been issued an official query while the three (3) other junior officers are currently undergoing orderly room trial (Police internal disciplinary actions).
“The CP further noted that the Command is doing its best to establish contact with the victims. He enjoined the victims to reach out to the Command thorough 08107899269.
“He assured that any of the officers found wanting in the investigations would be dealt with accordingly.”