A lawyer, Joseph Arikpo has accused a DPO and his officers in Cross River State of brutalising him when he went to solicit the bail of a younger man who had been in detention for over six days.
In accordance with the Calabar primarily based lawyer, the incident occurred on the Divisional Police Headquarters in Ikom, on Sunday, November 8.
Narrating his ordeal on Tuesday morning, November 10, Arikpo stated bother began when the DPO referred to as him a silly man.
Arikpo claimed that when he requested to not be insulted, the DPO ‘punched him repeatedly and afterwards threw him into cell the place he was additional assaulted by some officers.’
Learn his put up under:
“They handcuffed me, used baton and whips to batter me” – Lawyer accuses policemen of brutalising him in Cross River after he requested to not be referred to as
Will this POLICE BRUTALITY EVER END?
On the eighth on November 2020, I used to be consulted by my shopper to solicit the bail of a younger man who had been detention on the Divisional Police Headquarters Ikom Cross River State for over six days for no simply course. In adherence to the cap rank rule, I went there, met with the DPO Ikom, launched myself and informed him that I used to be there to solicit for the bail of my Consumer who had been in detention for over Six days.
The DPO informed me that he was not going to launch him, as a result of in accordance with him, he intends to rearrange for a gathering between the complainant and the accused on Wednesday 11/11/2020. However I informed him that he ought to launch him for me, and that I used to be going to supply the suspect on the day fastened for interview, however the DPO refused. Once I tried to remind the stated DPO that my shopper nonetheless had his Constitutional proper of freedom to liberty and dignity of his human individual, he (the DPO) informed me that I used to be silly.
In my response, I informed him that I’m not silly, and took exception to that insult on my individual. The DPO got here nearer and nearer and finally began punching me. He did it repeatedly whereas repeating the phrases “I say you’re STUPID” When he got here very shut, I may understand some odor of alcohol. So, I noticed the necessity to run. Once I tried to expire of the Station, he commanded a feminine police officer that was close by to shut the gate, and ordered one other feminine police to “convey him some chemical mess” (tear gasoline) which he used on me to the cell for detention.
After taking me into the cell, he assigned an IPO, to file my assertion. Through the interval of recoding my assertion, they handcuffed me and used barton and whips to bater me, simply to make it possible for I wrote what they needed as my assertion.
At night time whereas I used to be within the cell, the DPO despatched a feminine police officer to return and seize my blood stained shirt in order to hide the proof that I used to be brutalized, however God assist me, as I had hidden similar earlier than they got here. Thank God for the NBA IKOM Chapter that rescued me.