The Lagos Police Command has said it ordered the arrest of one Inspector Lawal Murtala and to be investigated for brutalizing a young woman, Pearl Annes in the Dopemu area of the state. Chike Oti, the command’s spokesman in a statement said the Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi became aware of a video showing the brutality on social media.
Oti said the inspector “slapped a young woman during an argument inside a commercial bus that commuted them from Obalende to Dopemu, along Agege Motor Road, Lagos”.
He added that the CP “directed the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Dopemu, CSP Mary Ayim to arrest the Inspector, get the facts of the case and transfer the matter to the Police Provost Department for further investigation.” However, according to the victim, the said DPO supported the assault
when she was taken to and detained at the police station for hours.
Annes recounted: “Inspector Lawal Murtala of the Dopemu division Lagos, Nigeria, beat me up today just because I recorded him beating up an innocent man and was dragged to the police station.
“I was detained for hours, and the video forcefully deleted of which unknowing to them, I had already forwarded one successfully to my sister via WhatsApp.
“Then my phone was smashed and seized. Imagine going to report an assault by a policeman and I get detained instead saying a policeman can do whatever he likes and that videoing a policeman is an offence.
“I went to make a case of assault against the said inspector at the Dopemu division of which unknown to me was the same Inspector’s station. It was the said DPO who ordered I be detained, and the same DPO also ordered my phone be collected and all traces of photographs and videos implicating the policeman be deleted… In her words “you are the ones giving the police a bad name and videoing a police man is an offence, before you know it she will post on Facebook.”