The police in Imo State say some of their officers have been arrested for allegedly assaulting five people, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The assault, captured in a video that went viral on social media showed the officers flogging the victims, including women, at a road junction in Orlu, the second largest city in the state after Owerri.
The police spokesperson in Imo State, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the arrest of the officers in a statement on Thursday.
The statement, however, did not mention how many officers were arrested, their identity or ranks.
Mr Ikeokwu, a superintendent of police, said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Nasiru Mohammed, described the action of the officers as “inhuman”, unprofessional and unacceptable.
“The command, while condemning the action, wishes to inform the general public that the officers have been identified, arrested and disciplinary action commenced (against them),” the statement said.
The statement, which urged residents to report police abuses in the state, said the police were yet to find out the identity of the victims of the assault.
Nigeria has an abysmal human rights record, as several of the country’s citizens are frequently brutalised by security officers, who are not held accountable.