Some police officers will now be investigated for allegedly torturing a family of six, including an 11-month-old baby, in the Igando area of Lagos State.
Sahara Reporters had reported that a housewife, Ms. Happiness Liberty, had accused Nigerian police of torturing, detaining her, her husband, siblings, three children, including an 11-month-old baby.
She revealed their ordeal began on Sunday, September 11, 2022, as they returned from church in the evening. Liberty said a commercial motorbike otherwise known as “Okada” ran over her husband, but instead of apologizing, the driver who was later identified as a police officer attached to the Igando Police Division asked if he knew his identity.
She said the policeman allegedly slapped her husband, and after her husband’s siblings, who were some distance away, came to ask what was going on, the policeman, identified as Martin A, also slapped her husband. younger sister who carried her 11- month old baby.
The lady added that a few moments later a team of police officers intercepted them and took everyone to the Igando station. She alleged that when they arrived at the police station, all the officers on duty rushed at them, beating everyone, including her children, to the point that one of her husband’s siblings ran over. collapsed and was resuscitated a few hours later.
“After the beatings, they detained my husband, his siblings, myself and my three children, 8 years old, 7 years old and 11 months old. They did not allow us to make calls. criminals. I was released to go home on Monday, 24 hours after starving my children. My husband and his siblings were released from custody on September 14.
“Afterwards, they took us to a magistrate’s court which granted us bail.”
Liberty said the slap of her younger sister who was carrying their 11-month-old baby led to a fight.
The lady who revealed the injuries inflicted on them, including their children, alleged that the police went ahead and charged the family to cover up the torture.
Liberty, who revealed their arraignment was to justify her incarceration with her children in police custody for days, added that they were told not to give media interviews except her husband and brothers and sisters would be killed.
Confirming the incident, Lagos Police spokesman Benjamin Hundeyin said the entire family was at police headquarters along with the DPD and another officer involved. The Command’s X-Squad department has also begun extensive investigations.
The whole family is at police headquarters as I tweet this (I won’t post their photo for their privacy). The DPD and another officer involved are also present. The Command’s X-Squad department has begun extensive investigations.