In a country where those in uniform disrespect civilians, a Nigerian police inspector, Lawal Murtala has allegedly assaulted and detained a woman for recording him while he brutalised “an innocent man”.
According to one Anne Bibi, who posted the incident on her Facebook page, Inspector Murtala of the Dopemu Division, Lagos seized her phone and detained her for hours.
Bibi also alleged that Murtala forcefully deleted the pictures and videos on her phone before damaging the screen, saying that the Inspector claimed videoing a police officer is a crime.
But little did the Inspector know that the lady had sent the videos and pictures to her sister through a messaging app, WhatsApp.
Bibi further accused the DPO at the division of supporting the inspector, and ordered her detention.
She wrote, “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.
“The DPO, a woman was in full support of the policeman, ordered that I get detained saying I wanted to video to post and she will not let that happen. I was detained from 2 pm till 7 pm. This is INJUSTICE!!!
The police who should protect us are the ones victimising us and this should change. It is not just fair. We all should say no to police brutality.”
Police and military brutality is a prevalent in Nigeria.
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