Risikat Bamidele, 37, has lost her nine-week-old pregnancy after a Divisional Police Officer, identified as CSP samuel, who’s in charge of Kemta Idi-Aba Police Headquarters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, allegedly tortured and detained her for “daring to make a phone call to her brother in-law ” in his presence.
Risikat, was at the police station in respect of a matter involving her husband, Tunde Bamidele that was detained, Bamidele for persuading a contractor, Bolaji to pay him and his colleagues the money (N894 000) he was owing him for the past 19months.
She said: “When I got to the police station, my husband gave me his phone that I should call his brother. When I was calling, I just saw one man; I never knew he is the DPO. He said ‘you are very stupid, you are phoning after 8 (pm). You don’t know we don’t phone here after 8 (pm)?’ “I apologised that I wasn’t aware I shouldn’t call even when other officers were there and they didn’t stop me and he forcibly took my phone and called a police officer to arrest me. They harassed me and pushed me and my husband had to rush out shouting ‘she is pregnant, don’t push her.’ That was when the man started slapping and shouting at me.” Bamidele added that she suffered serious stomach pains all through the night following the assault.
Bamidele also accused the DPO of collecting N20,000 before releasing him and his wife on bail. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the matter had yet to be brought to the attention of the Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali and asked the couple to write a letter of complaint to the police commissioner.