The bus driver policemen handcuffed to their van in Benin, the Edo State capital, and dragged along the road has said the officers found only an empty packet of cigarette on him. Xby DNSUnlocker He added that the N3,000 and handset he had on him were removed and had not been returned to him.
Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5, Benin, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed, has ordered the detention of the policemen involved in the incident. AIG Mohammed, while saying that the officers’ conduct does not depict the ethics and core values of the Nigeria Police Force, said that their conduct violates the principle of democratic policing, adding that the Zonal Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, ZCIID, had commenced investigation into the matter. The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Emeka Iheanachor, in a statement in Benin yesterday, said the policemen would be sanctioned after investigation into the matter. While disclosing that the victims of the police brutality, Odozi Kester and Austin Ogbonmwan, were found in good health and are cooperating in the investigation, he assured members of the public that everything would be done to ensure justice. No evidence of dragging—Police This is just as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja, Abayomi Shogunle, said there is no frame in the one minute 34 seconds video in circulation that shows anyone being dragged by a police patrol vehicle as insinuated. In a statement in Abuja yesterday, ACP Shogunle said preliminary investigation reveals that the Police at Esigie Division, Benin, on Sunday received information regarding a congregation of suspected cultists. According to him, “based on the information, a police team was dispatched to the scene where two males were arrested, while others took to their heels. On searching the person seen handcuffed to the vehicle in the video, some quantity of weeds, suspected to be Indian hemp, and powder, suspected to be cocaine, were found on him