One Mrs Toyin Adeyeye, her two months old baby, Heritage, and her younger brother, Adeniyi Dada were at the weekend allegedly beaten up and detained for refusing to “settling them” at a checkpoint.
The woman was arrested with her baby and a brother at the checkpoint in front of Ekiti Pavilion, where they were allegedly beaten by about five policemen, who later took them to the New Iyin Police Station.
The incident happened few metres away from the official residence of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdullahi Chafe. Mrs Adeyeye returned from the United States of America 10 days earlier where she had gone to deliver the baby.
Apart from detaining the trio, the police also impounded the black Kia Picanto car with registration number, LAGOS FKJ 221 EE with which they were coming from the market. The woman was breastfeeding her baby Saturday morning when Daily Post visited the police station.
The woman’s husband, Mr Akanni Adeyeye, decried the alleged brutality meted out to his wife, with bruises on her body. 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, which Mrs Adeyeye and her brother refused on account that the vehicle papers 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 10pm. There are wounds on the back of my wife and face to show for it.
“On getting to the station, they then 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 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 got this falsehood to cover up their brutality.”