A lawyer has described in details how he was almost killed by a policeman in Lagos.
Narrating his ordeal to newsmen in Lagos, Barrister Elemihe said he was driving by the Onipanu Police Station when he was stopped by one Corporal Alonge, who accused him of using a fake tinted glass permit.
Elemihe said: “On my way from Lekki where I went to check a property with my client, I decided to use the Onipanu Police Station Road, by Apata.
“Immediately I drove into the street close to the station, one Corporal Alonge stopped me, demanded for my vehicle particulars. I gave them to him, then he demanded for my driver’s licence, which I also gave him.
“When he discovered I did not commit any offence, he asked for my tinted glass permit, which I gave him. He told me I was using a forged tinted glass permit. I told him I could not have forged a police document as a lawyer.
“He became furious and said he was going to arrest me. He jumped into my vehicle and insisted I must give him N1,000 to bail myself. I said I was not going to give him any money since I have not committed any offence.
“He pounced on me and cocked his gun, threatening to shoot me if I make a move. A policewoman who sighted us came and dragged the gun from him.
“The policeman, after being disarmed, descended on me and gave me the beating of my life. He pushed me into the cell and another policeman came inside, locked up the cell and beat me for 30 minutes.
The lawyer also alleged that the policemen removed the N150,000 he kept in his car’s pigeonhole.
“I see this as intimidation of the highest order, not because I am a lawyer, but because I am an average Nigerian. I was humiliated like a common criminal.
“This is oppression. One of my eyes is partially blind. I have been vomiting blood since yesterday. It was the intervention of a good policeman in the station who warned them not to kill me that save me. I would have been dead by now,” he said.
Police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent (SP), said: “We are aware of the incident and the leadership of the command is looking into the matter.”
It was gathered that Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni has summoned the Onipanu officers to the command’s headquarters in Ikeja for interrogation.
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