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3 Policemen Arrested For Attacking 8 Months Pregnant Woman & Stripping Her Naked In Lagos

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3 Policemen Arrested For Attacking 8 Months Pregnant Woman & Stripping Her Naked In Lagos

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July 22, 2015 – Police Officers Arrested For Attacking 8 Months Pregnant Woman & Stripping Her Naked For Resisting Arrest In Lagos

3 policemen attached to the Satellite Police Division in Lagos on Sunday night allegedly brutalised a pregnant woman, Chika Elekwachi.

The operatives allegedly stripped the woman naked after accusing her of resisting arrest. She was eight months pregnant.

The victim has since been delivered of a premature baby.

But the police authorities said the operatives that carried out the assault have been nabbed and are in detention.

She was allegedly assaulted before she was dragged to the police station. Her family members later rushed her to Safe Hands Hospital, Old Ojo Road, Amuwo, Lagos, after she allegedly passed out at the station.

Chika told the reporters on her hospital bed that about 8pm on Sunday, she left two of her kids at home and was heading to a shop at Agboju, in Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA) to buy things for the house.

“I suddenly noticed a bus coming behind me. The bus obstructed me and one of the occupants came out, pointed a gun at me and shouted that I should park. He threatened to shoot if I didn’t park.

“When I discovered that they were policemen, I tried to explain to them that I wanted to park my car, so that I could enter the shop. This incident happened at Pako Bus Stop along Ojo Road where there were so many tankers and lorries parked indiscriminately.

“I begged the one that was putting on a black T-shirt to allow me to go, as I was pregnant. Then the next thing was, he called me a prostitute. I was angry and reminded him that I am a married woman with two kids. I warned him not to call me a prostitute again. But the policeman dragged me down from the car, even as passers-by and my friend were begging him to let me go.

“While I was screaming for help, saying, ‘I am not a thief,’ they tore my trousers. I was not putting on any underwear, so they stripped me naked. They were dragging me, saying I must enter their vehicle, but I refused. They dragged me on the road, but I insisted that I would go with them in my car. In the process, my legs and my stomach were bruised,” she said.

She said she was eventually bundled into the police vehicle and taken to the station, even in her virtually naked state.

“On getting to the police station, I pleaded with them to allow me get a cloth from the shop. I was begging them so that I could meet any woman nearby to give me a wrapper because I was naked. People around were asking me what happened, and I replied that the policemen did that to me, even though I’m not a thief. Because, with the way I was treated, one could mistake me for a thief. I had to bite one of the policemen on the back.

“I then entered one provision store near the station where I met a woman who gave me this gown. My phone was in my vehicle and I told the police officers that they should allow me call my people to inform them that I was at the station, but they refused. They said I must be put in the cell. I was running around, trying to get a phone, but no one would give me their phone because they thought I was a mad woman.

They were just looking at me. I then saw a young girl, and I spoke to her in Igbo, telling her I was not a thief. She was the one that gave me her phone and I called my sister, because her number was the one I could easily recall. I told her what was happening, so she came with her husband that night and met me at the police station. They were asking me what happened, but her husband said we had to find those who assaulted me. So, we went into the police station and met the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO). He told us to explain what happened, but as I was talking, I felt dizzy and passed out,” she said.

Her sister, Favour Ifebuzor, explained that she rushed down to the police station as soon as she got the distress call from her sister.

“When my husband and I arrived at the scene, I saw my younger sister sitting on a pavement, looking weak. So we took her into the station to find out what happened. My sister told me that she was feeling weak and dizzy, but the policemen rudely told her to stand up and explain what happened. As she tried to explain, the man at the counter was saying, “why don’t you have respect for an officer in uniform? Why did you slap a policeman?” My sister said it was when the policeman forcefully held her cloth and dragged her that she did that, because it’s lawful for one to defend oneself from danger. So, as they were forcefully quizzing her, I told the policeman that she was weak and could slump.

“My sister was also whispering to me that she was feeling weak. So she fell on the ground. And she was crying, saying “O my baby, my baby.” Then she started foaming in the mouth. The policemen there were saying, “she is pretending. Let her stay there, she is not serious.” They were just watching, including the DCO. My husband was saying, “You people have killed someone’s wife and mother. Take her. She is your responsibility.” My husband was dragging me so that we could go, but I told him to have patience. I said, let me get some water, because my sister was dying. I went to one shop and bought a sachet of water, came back and started pouring it on my sister’s head and body, but she was not responding. Instead, her tongue was coming out, foaming.

“I was so scared because her stomach protruded straight and her body was getting cold. I had to beg one man to help me look for a vehicle. When he got the vehicle, I told the policemen to help me put her in the vehicle, but they were just looking at me. I was confused. The driver of the vehicle and the man that went to get him were the ones that helped me put her in the car. The biscuits I bought for my children and my phone, I didn’t even know where I kept them. It was when they put her in the vehicle that I remembered that my phone was on the counter at the station, and I went to the counter and picked my phone.

“I then told the policemen that I was taking her to the hospital, and that if anything happened to her, I would hold them responsible. The vehicle had already left. They took her to Safe Hands Hospital, and my husband and I walked to the hospital. When we got here, the doctor told us she was going into labour, and that we needed to move her to the General Hospital. I was confused. Then I called my sister who also came with her husband. But we heard the policeman who had come there telling the doctor that she was okay.

The policeman told the doctor: “She’s okay now. You will write everything that she is okay, and that nobody beat her.” So the doctor certified her okay, and that she was not in labour again, that he had put everything in order. But this morning, she went into labour again,” Favour told the reporters.

At the hospital, the doctor on duty, Okoawo Innocent, who spoke on behalf of the management, admitted that Chika was rushed into the hospital half conscious. He said all necessary tests were carried out, noting that the tests showed that the baby was intact. He, however, said that the victim would be kept under observation.

But the doctor’s assertion was proved wrong, as Chika soon started bleeding. To save her life and that of the baby, she was wheeled into the theatre where the baby was forced out of her. The baby, it was gathered, is alive but in an incubator.

Confirming the incident, Lagos State Police Command spokesman, Kenneth Nwosu, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), assured that investigation was ongoing to ascertain what actually transpired. He said the suspected policemen had been arrested and were in detention, adding that they would be prosecuted according to the law guiding the force.

[Reported By By Chioma Igbokwe and Chizoba Ikenwa, Daily Sun]

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Chief Wese

    July 22, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    tHEY ARE ANIMALS

  2. Metu Nyetu

    July 22, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    The devil is d father of all (Nigeria) policemen.

  3. Gabriel

    July 22, 2015 at 10:43 AM

    These policemen were drunk and should be jailed. The police should be made to pay compensation to the woman. I think it is time compensation lawyers made money in Nigeria, you have loads of sick people in the police. They should be made to take annual psych review.

  4. bello

    July 22, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Thanks to Allah for saving this woman n her innocent baby frm thse arrogant ugbo smoker n ogogoro sinker we hv among 9ja police, hope IG ill luk in2 ths matter n bring thm to justice. Fools

  5. O'Nels

    July 22, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Where are the human right activist in Nigeria? This nonsense is getting out of hand! Just imaging the foolish question “why don’t u have respect for an officer in uniform? Which dirty uniform are u talking about? Useless nigerian police, killing innocent citizen instead of helping to maintain peace and order. As for the DSP claiming that those involved has been arrested; u just lied! U guyz are not even different frm Boko haram group.

  6. Jay jay

    July 22, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    Imagine nigerian police when you people will change?
    Una see arm robber una no fit do anything na only ordinary person una fit get power to operate

  7. Ugo

    July 22, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    This is unheard of in a civilized society , which we not not of course. You see, we are not just fighting boko haram people, we are also fighting over zealous animals in police uniform. This animals need to be prosecuted to the full extent of law, then this woman and her family should sue the police force for all the pains and sufferings.

    • Tee

      July 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

      @Ugo Please stop kidding yourself, this sort of things happens in the so called civilized society, have heard of SARAH BLAND ? just google it on youtube and see, human is human and people are people no matter what ‘civilize society’ some are good some are bad, please stop living in fantasy only pray that you don’t have to experience the sort of thing that is published here,you don’t have any idea the sort of power these people have!

    • Tee

      July 25, 2015 at 5:51 PM

      @Ugo Please stop kidding yourself, this sort of things happens in the so called civilized society, have heard of SARAH BLAND ? just google it on youtube and see, human is human no matter what civilize society some are good some are bad, please stop living in fantasy only pray that you don’t have to experience the sort of thing that is published here,you don’t have any idea the sort of power these people have!

      • Ugo

        July 27, 2015 at 1:53 PM

        @Tee, you are ill informed. I live in a civilized society where I saw Sarah Bland issue and other police brutality on TV live. I don’t need to google it my dear. The point you’re missing is police brutality is everywhere, but in a civilized society,no police will brutalize an 8 month old pregnant woman, strip her naked and drag her to a police station for a minor altercation. The American police are not that crazy. Nigerian Police on the other hand have lost control. They need to be leashed.

        • Tee

          August 1, 2015 at 9:32 PM

          @Ugo. Brutality is brutality whether perpetrated on Nigerian woman by Nigerian Police or whether is on American woman by American Police it is still brutality, i am sure sure you would not want to experience either.it’s all good on paper – you try to assert yourself and claim the so called right and find out,i can’t start to cite the numerous barbaric acts against unarmed citizens in your so called civilized society.You are basically implying that one brutality is ok than the other, your logic is flawed.

  8. mr fact

    July 22, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    This is barbaric,in a lawful nation…………………..police is our friend or our enemy? Imagine this brutal act, hope the husband of this woman is existing???? He need to hand the case in a harden way,even to sue those police to court and threating them sack

  9. faith

    July 22, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Nigeria police has turned to sometin else

  10. Chybaby

    July 22, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Human right activist, should come into this matter. The ploicemen should pay for the bills and take for the woman and her baby. They should also be put in jail

  11. olaizo

    July 22, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    I have a dream, that one day the whole nigeria policemen will be wipe out.and boys scout Will take over.
    I have a dream, that any judge that will judge this policemen and favour them will pai on the spot
    I have a dream that one day nigeria youth who just finish from higher institutions will join the nigeria police and their salaries will be 350k, and the moral conduct will return to the force.
    I have a dream that those police that assault that pregnant woman will suffer till the end of their life.
    I have a dream, that very very soon, nigeria citizens no go take am easy with their leaders anymore, and the president seat and Senate,ministers position will be the most dangerous work to take bcoz na thunder go fire anyone that fraud immediately.
    I have a dream, coming soon

  12. Bradson

    July 23, 2015 at 4:24 AM

    The police station D.C.O should be interrogated on this case,why should he tell the woman in a such condition to stand up and tell him what happened instead of saving the poor woman life and of the unborn baby first,and the D.C.O want to cover up the brutality by telling the doctors to write a medical report that the health of the woman is okay.

    When are we going to have a perfect policing system in Nigeria???

  13. Tee

    July 25, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    @Ugo Please stop kidding yourself, this sort of things happens in the so called civilized society, have heard of SARAH BLAND ? just google it on youtube and see, human is human no matter what civilize society some are good some are bad, please stop living in fantasy only pray that you don’t have to experience the sort of thing that is published here,you don’t have any idea the sort of power these people have!

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