Policemen arrested, brutalized by Vigilante for drug possession

Policemen arrested, brutalized by Vigilante for drug possession

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Revelation has emerged on how two policemen accused of bribery and drug deal were reportedly assaulted by members of Edo State Vigilante Network led by one John Osasere Ohonba better known as Awilo around Ogbe Primary school in Oredo Local Government Area of the State.

MEMBERS OF EDO VIGILANCE NETWORK DISPLAY THE SUBSTANCE SUSPECTED TO BE CANNABIS SATIVA FOUND WITH THE BRUTALIZED POLICEMEN/ MEMBERS OF EDO STATE VIGILANCE NETWORK WATCHING THE TWO HANDCUFFED POLICEMEN AFTER THEIR ARREST

The officers (drivers) in mufti attached to State Highway Patrol, Edo State Police Command, can be seen in a disturbing viral video, arrested, paraded and tortured by members of Vigilante who also displayed wraps of substance suspected to be Cannabis Sativa that were allegedly found with the policemen.

Spokesman of the Nigeria police, Edo State Command, SP Kotongs Bello in a statement on Wednesday, said the assault necessitated admission of the policemen to hospital having been diagnosed with internal hemorrhage.

He stated that the police personnel on a fact finding which Awilo and his group considered a distraction, handcuffed and unleashed unnecessary attack on them.

He noted that the Cops were neither drug dealers nor connivers with an alleged suspect Ikpefua Idowu in custody of members of Vigilance group.

Kotongs stated that the State Commissioner of police, Mr. Phillip Ogabdu, has ordered a full scale investigation into incident.

“Contrary to the false and malicious narrative by Awilo and his group that the two policemen were suspected drug dealers and connivers with an alleged suspect Ikpefua Idowu in custody of the group.

Facts of the incident is that the two Policemen went to Vigilante office with one Lucky and his girlfriend to merely seek the whereabout of Ikpefua Idowu who was arrested by Awilo and his group.

“Not minding the fact that the policemen introduced themselves and were identified by Awilo and his group, Awilo did not only order that the Policemen be physically assaulted, it was evidenced in the viral video that Mr. Awilo who wore a red jacket initiated and participated actively in the attack.

“It is pertinent at this juncture to convey that it is a known fact to Mr. Awilo and his group that the vehicle, Lexus RX330 SUV captured in the viral video belong to Lucky, a brother to the detainee, Ikpefua Idowu in the custody of Awilo and his Vigilante group on whose behalf the policemen went to sort for.

“It is incontrovertible therefore that the items allegedly found in the vehicle wouldn’t have in any way belong to the Policemen as falsely projected in the viral video. It belongs to Lucky.

“It is necessary to further state that the mission of the policemen was merely fact finding which Awilo and his group considered a distraction and unfortunately unleashed unnecessary attack on them. This has presently necessitated admission of the men in hospital having been diagnosed of internal hemorrhage.

“In light of the foregoing, the actions and claims of Mr. Awilo and his group is considered unacceptable and a bid to falsely vilify and disparage the Command.

“However, it is the position of the Command that the claims of Mr. Awilo and his gang in the viral video be discountenanced and considered as mere fabrications.
The Commissioner of Police, Edo State has ordered investigation into the incident”, he Kotongs stressed.

In the meantime police have discovered illegal detention facility of accused members of Vigilante Network around Ogbe Primary school in Benin City.

Investigation by our Correspondents revealed that a team of armed police on Tuesday night burst into a private detention facility by the Vigilante and freed illegal detainees.

Recall that on June 13, 2021, two soldiers and three policemen including the Divisional police officer (DPO) in charge of Okhuahie Division in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the State were allegedly shot by some trigger-happy Vigilante members in the State have been hospitalised.

Mr. Isaac Aikinmoyede, Assistant Inspector-General of police, Zone 5 headquarters in Benin City in a statement by the Zonal Police Public Relations officer, DSP Tijani Momoh said the DPO said the attack occurred while the DPO was trying to broker peace for aggrieved youths of Okhuahie Community who were involved in a shooting spree in the early hours in the locality.

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