Photo: Pregnant Woman Attacked By DPO At Police Station In Abeokuta Loses Pregnancy

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Dec 2nd, 2015 – Picture: Pregnant Woman Loses Pregnancy After DPO Attacked Her At Police Station In Kemta Idi Aba Abeokuta

Mrs Risikat Bamidele, a 37-year-old housewife has lost her pregnancy after a Divisional Police Officer in charge of Kemta Idi-Aba Police Headquarters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, allegedly brutalised her. The DPO, identified as CSP Samuel, was said to have assaulted the woman on Saturday night for “daring to make a phone call” in his presence.

The incident occurred barely two weeks after the Inspector- General of Police, Solomon Arase, warned officers and men of the state police command against unprovoked assault on innocent civilians. Speaking with our correspondent on her hospital bed at the State Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, Mrs Bamidele said she lost her nine-week-old pregnancy owing to the torture received from the DPO.

The victim, who is a nonteaching staff member of Catholic Comprehensive High School at Onikolobo, Abeokuta, disclosed that she was at the police station in respect of a matter involving her husband, Tunde Bamidele. Writhing in pain, Bamidele explained that she wanted to put a call across to her brother- in-law when the police chief descended on her with repeated slaps and jabs. According to her, the DPO later ordered her detention which was effected by a junior police officer.

She said: “When I got to the police station, my husband gave me his phone that I should call his brother. When I was calling, I just saw one man; I never knew he is the DPO. He said ‘you are very stupid, you are phoning after 8 (pm). You don’t know we don’t phone here after 8 (pm)?’ “I apologised that I wasn’t aware I shouldn’t call even when other officers were there and they didn’t stop me.

“He forcibly took my phone and called a police officer to arrest me. They harassed me and pushed me and my husband had to rush out shouting ‘she is pregnant, don’t push her.’ That was when the man started slapping and shouting at me.” Bamidele added that she suffered serious stomach pains all through the night following the assault.

She said the police officers on duty could not come to her aid but her husband gave her some money to buy sanitary pad to stop the blood flow from her private part. The victim added that on Monday she was rushed to the hospital where doctors confirmed that her nine weeks’ old pregnancy had been aborted. Also, the husband said he was detained at the police station for daring to request for some money owed him by a building contractor.

Bamidele claimed that the contractor, whose name he simply gave as Bolaji, owed him and other colleagues N894,000 for the past 19 months He said: “Bolaji and I were taken to the station where we were both detained initially. Before we were detained, the DPO said we should write statements but I said I wasn’t ready to write any statement.

“When it was 7pm, my wife called me because I am a diabetic and an ulcer patient and she had to come to the station. When she came, I gave her my phone to call my brother and what I heard from inside was ‘bastard, go inside’, and she was detained. My clothes were removed, and they poured water on me and gave an instruction that I should be smoked with tear gas.”

Bamidele also accused the DPO of collecting N20,000 before releasing him and his wife on bail. When contacted yesterday, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the matter had yet to be brought to the attention of the Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali. Adejobi, however, said the affected couple should write a letter of complaint to the police commissioner. He promised that they would get justice. The PPRO said the command would not condone any act of brutality against innocent civilians.

[Reported By Daily Telegraph]

6 thoughts on “Photo: Pregnant Woman Attacked By DPO At Police Station In Abeokuta Loses Pregnancy

  1. Oh please,its like a movie scene,dpo shud be relieved of his job immediately,alongside the other junior police officers that detained n tortured them.useless country,is dis wat a Bastard DPO shud be doing,I mean come on suck my dick,why make life miserable for two poor innocent ppl just because of a phone call.I mean which reasonable person does that.you slapped an innocent woman and her husband over a harmless phone call.
    When the real thieves r in action robbing ppl n u call dis useless black and blue for nothing police to come and catch the thieves,,dats wen dey will start saying,no fuel,we r on our way,dis dat,they won’t come till the robbers might have fled away.
    Imagine the assault,pouring water n slapn a diabetic man n his wife just bcos of phone call.
    Abuse on Human rights such as freedom of speech(either on phone,or off phone).
    As usual d ppro wud always claim he is unaware,n dat d comisioner of police says dey will be dealth with.

    So d ppl innocent/ molested and all are not worthy to be compensated abi. So make them write letter to comissioner say wetin.
    Its a big shame,if it was to be abroad. Omo na xmas hammer be this.you go sue the dpo for battery,unlawful detention against wish of detainee,physical assault with intention to inflict injury,use of unauthorized weapons on human. Men d charges for reach like 10. Wen dem pay ehn ,e go be like check work.

    But its a big shame,such tin don’t happen in naija.
    Na Poor man dey pay homage to police always.
    DPO obtain 20k sharply from them base on Hotel Bailing Fee Per Night.

    Its End Times.

    Believe Me

  2. Pls President Buhari, this Police are not above the law,they shouldnt walk free, out of police,or jali or send them to Boko Haram place to go and beat,Boko wivies and their men.

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