The Lagos State commissioner of police (CP) Imohimi Edgal has ordered an investigation into alleged brutalisation of Nollywood actor Gideon Okeke by policemen.
Gideon had in an Instagram post on Sunday morning alleged that men attached to the Maroko police division on Lagos Island brutalised him after a minor road accident involving him, one Mrs Mosunmola Ilori and her niece.
The 2006 Big Brother Nigeria contestant said the injury inflicted on him by the men led by one Ideh Donatus prevented him from appearing at a show for which he was paid to compere.
Tagging Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and some fellow celebs in the post, Gideon vowed to seek legal redress for the assault.
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I AM NOT A MERE STATISTIC. Yesterday, after I had finished from a scheduled meeting with @charlesotudor I left the Eko Hotel and joined the gradually building traffic leading on to Lekki. Only a few minutes from my meeting, had I unfortunately run into a minor collision with another driver, Mrs Mosunmola Ilori, at the Lekki Phase 1 roundabout. We both inspected the damage(s), conferred and thought first, to get off the road for oncoming traffic. Just less than 10feet away from all this were the Lastma and Police, sharing the police post at the roundabout. All I asked, was their assistance (witnessed by Mrs Ilori) in getting some barricades off the road for us to park properly and this scenario I have just described, turned into a full blown fiasco, seeing 4 police officers pounce on me and 2 others on Mrs Ilori and her niece. I have come off this incident with stitches in my mouth and chin. Mrs Ilori as well, to the full glare and amazement of pedestrians and moving traffic, was ruffled up, beat, and dragged on the tarred ground. The Leading man here was one Officer IDEH DONATUS who severally pointed a gun in my chest. I hereby humbly call on the executive governor of Lagos state, @akinwunmiambode the Vice President @profosinbajo the @policenglagos and its Officers, to kindly exercise the authority of your offices in addressing these civil injustices filed at the #MarokoPoliceStation Myself, Mrs Ilori, her niece and every other Nigerian citizen, don’t need to feel vulnerable with the police. We appreciate them for their efforts in Protecting Lives and Property,but not for them to be THE THREAT! THE VICTIMS LIST IS OPEN-ENDED. POLICE BRUTALITY MUST STOP! TAG THE STATE GOVERNOR TAG THE POLICE COMMISSIONER TAG THE NIGERIAN POLICE TAG A PERSON OF INFLUENCE Cc @charlesotudor @ubersponsorships @policenglagos @daddyshowkey @daddyfreeze @mofedamijo @k8henshaw @bolabap @bankywellington @alibabagcfr @desmondelliot @aleeygiwa @pauladefarasin @tonyrapu @ebuka @aderinskosko #TagTheNigerianpolice #CommissionerOfPolice #PoliceBrutalityOnCivilians #AFuneralisAnotherOwambeUntilTheCorpseIsYours #johnniejazzandwhisky
A statement by Lagos police spokesman Chike Oti made available to Qed.ng said Mr Edgal has directed the deputy commissioner of police in charge of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, (SCIID), Panti, Yaba to investigate the matter and turn in her report within one week for appropriate action.
“The CP assures that nothing will be swept under the carpet and urged all parties in the matter to fully corporate with the investigators.
“The CP further assures that findings made during inquisition into the matter will be made public as usual,” Mr Oti’s statement added.