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Lagos Police Commissioner orders pursuit of Youth Corps member assaulted by officers


The Lagos Police Command said it would prosecute a member of the National Youth Service Corps for inciting members of the public against the officers who assaulted him.

This was revealed by Ben Hundeyin, the police spokesman in Lagos, while giving an update on police brutality captured in a viral video on Twitter on Friday.

Mr Hundeyin also noted that the two assistant superintendents of police (ASP) and an inspector also received queries for alleged unprofessional conduct.

He gave their names as ASP Adedeji Babatunde, ASP Ebiloma John and Inspector Obidah Daniel attached to Sagamu Traffic Police Division in Ikorodu area of ​​Lagos State.

The three officers were arrested after a video showing their unprofessional conduct against David Ogunnusi, 24, a Youth Corps member serving in Lagos and his brother went viral.

According to Mr Hundeyin, Mr Ogunnusi told police the incident happened at New Garage, Ikorodu around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday as they were heading towards Ojota.

He said the police would have arrested them and started harassing them.

“They asked for our identity cards, which we showed them as members of the Corps even in our uniforms, it was not enough proof for them.

“I asked them to check my bag if they found any illicit substance or weapon in it, but they chose not to, telling us to go inside their (patrol) bus and then I insisted; saying if they can’t do it publicly, we’re not going in.

“Suddenly, a policeman in mufti kicked me, then they took off my Youth Corps protective cap, while my brother was carried like an animal. I quickly created awareness and then people joined me.

“So the police just took my younger brother’s phone and they walked away saying we should come to their station,” Mr Ogunnusi said.

The police spokesman said the men were identified from the video which has gone viral, noting that the officers along with the corps members were at command headquarters on Friday for investigation.

Mr Hundeyin said after careful consideration of the statements of all those involved, it appeared that the officers had acted unprofessionally in demanding to take the body member and his brother to the station for a search.

“This act was totally unnecessary, provocative and unethical. It would have been a different case if a search of the same place had resulted in the discovery of criminal objects on them, which would have justified moving them to the station for a re-examination and statement.

“For this, CP Abiodun Alabi had ordered the ASPs to be interviewed and the inspector breached the Force’s existing rules of procedure.

“The corps member, for his part, will be prosecuted for inciting members of the public against the police, he said.