Police investigate abusive Lagos officer

ABUJA: THE police officer who allegedly tortured a couple in Lagos is under investigation.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Suleiman Abba, has ordered a full scale investigation into the issue.

This was disclosed in a press statement by Emmanuel Ojukwu, the force Public Relations Officer.

Ojukwu said this was in line with the Inspector-General of Police avowed commitment to protect and uphold the human rights of all Nigerians and residents therein.

“The attention of the Police High Command has been drawn to a viral media story alleging police incivility to a couple in Ikoyi, Lagos,” Ojukwu said.

The officer involved has been identified and is already undergoing administrative trial, he said, adding all other officers whose conduct did not speak well on the incident were also being sanctioned, preparatory to further necessary action.

Ojukwu added that the Inspector-General of Police reiterated the determination of the force to abide by the contents of the newly launched Nigeria Police Force Human Rights Practice Manual.

He stressed that no abuse of human rights would be tolerated in the force.

Reports suggested Ejeh Smith, a photographer, and his wife, Grace, were battered by a police officer, identified as Dada Ogunsanya, along the Lekki Roundabout last Wednesday.

He was allegedly pulled out of the taxi and punched on the face after his wife had asked the officer to stop flashing a torchlight at her.

Ejeh reported he was later hit with the butt of a gun, while the officer dragged his wife on the tarmac and later stamped on her abdomen.