Policemen Withdrawn from Ekiti Govt House

The policemen that took over Ekiti State Government House on Monday and allegedly fired teargas canisters at Governor Ayodele Fayose have been withdrawn.

The smoke of the teargas had made Governor Fayose to slump and fainted for over five minutes before being resuscitated by party supporters.

The governor also revealed that he was allegedly hit in the neck during an altercation with the policemen, where he sustained injury leading to his hospitalisation at the Government House Clinic.

The policemen, led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of MOPOL, Mr. Eche Eche, had blocked the road between Fajuyi Park and the Government House and prevented some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from holding a rally.

The policemen also occupied the state pavilion, which had been the campaign base of the candidate of the PDP, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, and dispersed those massing in preparation for a victory rally for the party.

When journalists visited the entrance to the Government House, the policemen have left the place and the barricades mounted have been dismantled.

There were no restriction of human and vehicular movements as witnessed on Wednesday.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Operations, Mr. Habilal Joshak, also appeared on the state-owned television where he denied the insinuation that he ordered his men and officers to use teargas on the crowd.

“What I said was that those massing for the rally should be asked to leave because it is not good going by the mood of the state now to hold rally or street procession. I didn’t say they should use force.

“This is an election and electioneering is a civil matter anywhere across the globe, so police as security agents can’t use force on the people.

“But I want to assure the good people of Ekiti State that such mistake will never repeat itself,” Joshak stated.

The DIG Operations had said that no party will be allowed to hold any political rally not approved by the police until the election is held.

“We are not here to usurp the authority of Governor Fayose. We are not here to rubbish him because he represents the people.

“But we are not going to allow any unauthorised rally that can trigger violence in the state. You can see that the state is tensed up.

“As law enforcement agents, we must be proactive and take actions that can prevent crisis rather than trying to quell it after it might have broken out,” he had said.

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to Governor Fayose on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, has said the governor has been discharged from the hospital and now stabilising.

“The governor is now better and stabilising fast. He is out of the hospital and I believe he will get well soon,” he said.

Soldiers Storm Port Harcourt Police Station, Arrest DPO Over Murder Of Colleague

There was confusion along Ada George Road in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, on Thursday morning, as soldiers took over the Rumukpakani Police station, reportedly in response to the killing of their colleague by a policeman.

Punch reports that a group of angry soldiers stormed the Police station and arrested the Divisional Police Officer, DPO.

The murdered soldier, said to be on mufti, was reportedly shot near the Police station by one of the policemen on duty.

At Least Three Policemen Feared Dead After Clash With Herdsmen

At least three policemen are feared killed in Bolon in Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State, North East Nigeria.

The incident occurred after a clash between suspected herdsmen and the security personnel sent to keep the peace in the area following recent clashes between the herdsmen and farmers.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had dispatched a team of policemen to the area after the initial violence.

The suspected herdsmen were said to be planning a reprisal on the communities in Numan LGA before Friday’s clash with the security operatives.

Police Brutality: Wife And Brother Get Beaten at Policemen Check Point in Ekiti State

Policemen in Ado Ekiti on Friday brutalised and detained a woman, Mrs. Toyin Adeyeye, her two month-old baby, Heritage and her younger brother, Adeniyi Dada, for allegedly refusing to give bribe at a police checkpoint.

It was learnt that about five policemen descended on them and beat them mercilessly before taking them to New Iyin Police Station where the beating continued.

The incident happened at the checkpoint in front of Ekiti Pavilion, a few metres from the residence of the Commissioner of Police, Abdullah Chafe.

Mrs. Adeyeye returned from the United States of America 10 days earlier where she was delivered of the baby.

The police also impounded the black Kia Picanto car with registration number LAGOS FKJ 221 EE in which they were.

Speaking with reporters on Saturday, the woman’s husband, Mr. Akanni Adeyeye, decried the alleged brutality meted out to his wife with lacerations on her body and bruises on the face.

Adeyeye who slept in the police station in solidarity with his wife explained that the policemen requested for vehicle particulars and driver’s licence of his brother-in-law who drove the car which were still valid.

He said one of the policemen withheld the documents demanding that they be “settled,” a euphemism for bribe but Mrs. Adeyeye and her brother refused because the vehicles papers were valid.

Adeyeye 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 action of 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.”

The chairperson for Ekiti state chapter of Federation of International Women Lawyers, Mrs. Funke Anoma, said investigation had begun.

But reacting, the Commissioner of Police, claimed that Mrs. Adeyeye was detained for allegedly slapping a policeman on duty and tearing his uniform adding that the matter was still under investigation.

Chafe said,”Those people slapped my policeman on duty and tore their uniform. 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.

“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.

“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.”