Despite the brutalization and illegal detention of a Nigerian activist, Tunde Abass by the ex-DPO of Onipanu Police Station, CSP Francis Ani, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has redeployed CSP Francis Ani and other Police officers who were involved in the harassment, brutalization and illegal detention of the activist, Tunde Abass and one Kabir Mohammed to the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Lagos State.
Tunde was arrested on Saturday by Nigerian police officers attached to the Onipanu Police Division for filming them (the police) a video live-streamed on his Facebook account as they harassed Mr. Kabir Muhammed somewhere in the Onipanu area of Lagos State.
In the Facebook video, the activist, Tunde was heard shouting at the top of his voice and telling the police officer not to harass the man because “he has provided necessary documents”.
“You’re trying to intimidate the guy. They’ve burst his tyres. They’ve burst the guy’s tyres. They’re trying to intimidate the guy,” he had said as he moved towards the police to intervene.
A police officer was also heard calling the man who was being harassed “stupid”. But Tunde approached him to say “this is injustice”.
From our investigations, we could honourably report that the activist was severely tortured and dehumanized by the policemen at Onipanu Police Station while he was in illegal detention for four days. Reports from the Nigeria Police Complaint Unit and bruises and burns on Tunde Abass’s body also attest to this fact.
We’ve also earlier reported that the ex-DPO, CSP Francis Ani who is notorious for brutalizing citizens, had on Monday, March 22 flouted a Court Order mandating the unconditional release of Tunde Abass by the Police by detaining him for another 24 hours before releasing him on Tuesday, March 23, after so much pressure from citizens who vowed to storm the Onipanu Police Station in protest if Tunde was not freed.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Adejobi Olumuyiwa in a statement on Thursday said the Commissioner had ordered all policemen involved in the unprofessional act to be tried in an orderly room in order to award punishments accordingly, and that the DPO had been redeployed to the State Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
The statement read, “Tunde Abass was alleged by the police at Onipanu Division for recording the harassment and forceful arrest of Kabir Mohammed at Onipanu Area of the State on Friday, 19th March 2021 at about 5 pm after Tunde’s intervention in the case which did not go well with the policemen.
“The Commissioner of Police has condemned such act of unprofessionalism and excessive use of power to send a signal to the whole world that the command will not, for whatever reason, condone such act; and to serve as a deterrent to other policemen who are fond of harassing, extorting and engaging in acts of lawlessness, unprofessionalism and gross violation of poeoles human rights in the state.
“CP Hakeem Odumosu has also ordered that the concerned policemen in the unprofessional act be tried orderly room in order to award punishments accordingly, while the DPO be redeployed to the State Command Headquarters, Ikeja.”