How Edo police woman crippled Cab operator, abandoned to fate

How Edo police woman crippled Cab operator, abandoned to fate

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A power-drunk police woman has allegedly crippled a Cab operator, Mr. Omosigho Erhauyi at Godwin Abbe Way in Benin City, Edo State Capital, leaving him with broken legs.

THE CAB OPERATOR, MR..OMOSUYI ERHAUYI

Erhauyi was allegedly brutalised by the police personnel, one Beatrice Amowie attached to New Etete police station for assaulting a police personnel on June 9, 2021.

Narrating his ordeal to newsmen on Wednesday, the Cab operator alleged that trouble started when he returned to apologise the following day to apologise to the policeman who had altercation with accused, but he was arrested by police operatives at the scene.

He stated that he was beaten, locked up in police custody and arraigned at Evbuoriaria Magistrate court which granted him the sum of N100, 000 bail after a policeman he had a disagreement with had backed down on his prosecution.

But the 37-year-old man said that he could not reach his family in court after the Investigative police officer, IPO, Beatrice Amowie, seized his mobile phone, he was thereafter returned to the police station where he was tortured by the personnel with gun butts and dumped into police Cell without any medical attention.

The limping Cab operator said he was discharged against his wish by a medical doctor at the health facility, following his inability to pick up his medical bills.

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According to him, “In the process of trying to defend myself, I mistakenly injured the policeman on his head near his eye socket. Consequently, other policemen came Limit junction by Sapele road in Benin City, and took me to New Etete police station.

“After the policeman had treated himself and returned to the station, I continued to beg the injured policeman for settlement. After the injured policeman had accepted my plea, but the IPO vehemently refused and insisted that the case will be charged to court.

“I was arraigned in court, the magistrate in Evbuoriaria on Sapele road granted me the sum of N100,000 bail for assault.

“After I was granted the bail, the Magistrate told the IPO to give me my phone to enable me contact my family to enable me meet my bail after I told court that my mobile phone was with the IPO. But the IPO that she left my phone at the police station.

“Due to my inability to meet my bail conditions, the IPO returned me back to the police station and brought out my mobile phone from a bag she took to court and said told the Magistrate wasn’t available.

“She handcuffed my two hands backward and took me to a common room at the station and began to spit on my body and beat me with gun butts while other police personnel that were on duty felt unconcern.

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“She thereafter kept me in police Cell without any treatment. While I was in detention, I complained to the police that I was dying, she ordered other security personnel not to respond to my request”, he said.

The middle-aged man who reeled in pains, requested concerned authorities to compel the IPO to account for her atrocity.

Corroborating her husband’s view, Mrs. Stella Erhauyi also alleged that he was however released from police custody after five days in police custody and paid the sum of N50, 000 to the injured policeman, N15,000 for his vehicle recovery and 10,000 to a police officer who pleaded on her husband’s behalf.

She further alleged that her husband was thereafter admitted to a private hospital when his health condition deteriorated by sympathetic Nigerians.

“We gave the IPO the sum of N10,000 and gave the injured policeman the sum of N50,000 for his treatment.

“We also paid the sum of N15,000 to police before the the impounded Volvo Cab, was released to us.

“Another policeman who assisted us to interned collected the sum of N10,000 from us”, he said.

A Benin-based Human rights Activist, Comrade Osaze Edigin condemned the action of the police and demanded a thoroughly and bring the suspected culprit to book.

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“This is unacceptable in the modern Edo State that we desire. The CP must act swiftly not to dampen the confidence of the people.

“The police officer involved in the assault must be made to account for her atrocity”, he said.

Contacted, the Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, SP Kotongs Bello said he was not aware of the incident.

He however urge the victim to report the matter to the police Command or Zone 5 police headquarters if it the allegations are true for investigation”.

How Edo police woman crippled Cab operator, abandoned to fate
By Osaigbovo Iguobaro

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