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Policeman Tortures Married Couple at Lekki Roundabout

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Ejeh and Grace Smith

A married couple was left with severe injuries after being tortured by a policeman last Wednesday around Lekki roundabout, as they were heading to their Parkview Estate home in a taxi.

Ejeh Smith, 29, and his 26-year-old wife Grace, are currently in the hospital receiving treatment as a result of the incident, Punch reports.

The police officer who physically abused them was part of a seven-man team who were patrolling the area around 10 p.m. on that day.

According to reports, the team stopped the taxi and demanded that the driver open his boot. The driver Ndubuisi Iheaka obeyed the command, and they subsequently ordered him to show his driver’s license.

 As Iheaka was bringing out his license, one of the policemen proceeded to shine their torchlight on the faces of the passengers – The Smiths. Grace then requested that the policeman should stop flashing the torchlight on them, as the inner light of the vehicle was on.

Taking offense, the policeman ordered the couple to get out of the car. An argument ensued, and the officer seized Ejeh by his trousers, and Grace approached him, pleading with him to stop harassing her husband.

The policeman reportedly slapped Grace, and then punched her husband. He was wearing a ring, and so the punch inflicted a deep cut on Ejeh’s face. After punching him, the officer is said to have used the butt of his gun to hit him in his eye and face. Afterwards, reports states that he dragged Grace on the road and stepped on her tummy.

If I was pregnant that night, I would have lost my pregnancy. I was only trying to pet him to leave my husband since he did not have business with us. I told him to face the cab driver and leave us alone. “The other policemen were just looking at him while he dragged me on the ground. A man riding a tricycle at the time was the one who rescued me. He said the policemen must call their Divisional Police Officer or else he would not leave the scene,” Grace said.

The Ikoyi DPO Aisha Haruna eventually arrived at the scene and requested that the couple accompany her to the station to give their statements. However, the couple insisted on going to the hospital for treatment first – which they did, and paid for by themselves.

According to Grace’s account, Haruna seized her mobile phone, and asked one of the investigators to delete all the video and photo evidence that had been recorded during the incident.

“Even my personal data were deleted. And when I asked the DPO why she did that, she said we deserved the treatment we got. She said she would have locked us up in the cell if not for our injuries. She said we did not know how to talk,”  Grace said.

Police Public Relations Officer, Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident, stating that “disciplinary procedures” are ongoing.

Photo Credit: Punch

30 Comments

  1. bosschik

    December 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Just imagine! After they will say “Police is your friend”…

  2. Debs

    December 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for reporting this. Please go further and follow up on the story so it doesn’t die off to “na wa oh” like most infringements of rights by police officers.

  3. JAY

    December 10, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Jonathan Goodluck if I was in your shoes ,i will sack all the police guys at post during the attack and compensate their immoral attack. its not like they couldnt fight but they respected the law but the system as usual is corrupt.shame unto naija.

  4. Chiemeka Ugo

    December 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you for reporting this BN. Those police officers even the so called DPO needs to be sacked. Nigerian police and their wickedness. Y even flash a human being touch when the inner light of the car is on. Please let this issue not just die off. Rubbish people.

  5. name

    December 10, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    what! please can someone take this up. This is nonsense!!!

  6. slice

    December 10, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    for deleting evidence, that Haruna should be fired instantly. that’s obstruction of justice right there. #fireHaruna

  7. chigurl

    December 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    ‘Police is your friend’

    who ever coined that phrase was having a good laugh.

    best wishes to the couple.

  8. bruno

    December 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    nigerian police are the worst. lawless animals.

    some few months ago a DPO was bragging to the media about how many people the nigerian police has killed in one month. it was all over different international news websites.

    it pains me to say this but this case will likely die down just like every other police brutality case and nothing will happen to the culprits.

    nigeria is finished.

  9. nola

    December 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I will sue them oh no matter how long it takes.. Silly Nigerian Police…

  10. Zeal

    December 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Can u imagine!!!! My God I’m so angry right now that i I had a gun, I for shoot all these dam police useless men and shoot them dead. And that useless DPO too who he reasoning faculty has been eaten up by whatever. She simply said the light in the car is on so there’s no need for you to shine your touch light at them” so how that one come take sound disrespectful? which school you attend Madam DPO and who train you for police college. You have to be sacked asap. Stupid, foolish, useless DPO, make Ogun kill you, idiot.

    • Ada Nnewi

      December 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      The DPO was a she… The women are actually worse!

  11. sola

    December 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    This is evil!!!! We are not safe at all. Please be careful in this season and dont go any where late only when necessary. There are hawks posing as security officers out there.

  12. Mrs. Rubish

    December 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    So Lagos police are worst that FERGUSSON.. .abi??? Heyyy Wonders shall never end… oooo
    Lord have mercy in this country becoming savage now… POLICE ABUSE is everywhere…let us all armed ourselves….ooooo before police force go finish us…

  13. May

    December 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    This is so painful to read. The situation with the “Police” in Nigeria is unbelievable!. No repercussions whatsoever… Thankfully these ones lived to tell… Too sad!!!!

  14. Mike Doe

    December 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Welcome to the jungle…shey dem sef no know say if u nt powerful u no fit talk to popo anyhow 4 gidi…Learners

  15. igweonu doris

    December 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Hello Nigerians We can not fold our hands watching all this ,please they should not end this matter like that, just think of how this couple people feel, that stupid police man can never go unpunished b/c i believe he has a wife .or if you were a victim what will do?.

  16. bushbaby

    December 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    steppingon a womans tummy who does that if it’s not dracular. all these policemen needs brain check. That is so brutal

  17. mulikat

    December 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    They should pls, post that wicked police man to North-eastern Nigeria to go and fight Boko Harm,not woman for that matter.

  18. whocares

    December 10, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    This made me really sick, my mouth was agape as I read it. Nothing new here I suppose in light of police brutality news that is making waves all over the internet but I am glad this was published. Too many instances like this have been swept under the carpet. Please follow up on the “disciplinary procedure”, I am interested in the outcome.

  19. omoibo

    December 10, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I say all the involved police officers, DPO included should be transferred to Borno or one of the other Boko infested northern states to serve. Shebi they are tough and heartless, at least there they’ll face their matches in boko. Asswipes aka NPF

  20. Jyde

    December 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    All NA Lagos daily power show.
    Wait until elections proper.

    We know better but yet the cruel saga continues..
    lets thank GOD that dem dey alive

  21. francisca

    December 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    after dey we say police are ur frnd.Total no dey ave no human feeling,dey need to be punished for their evil act.

  22. Integrity

    December 10, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    IG should sack the devil Police Officer and the DPO involved and prosecute them accordingly as a deterrent to other wicked Police Officers that are bent down giving Nigerian Police bad name.
    Nigerians are watching how the IGP will handle this dastard act.

  23. Copkiller

    December 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Nigerians! Forever talking. All you people on this blog shouting that the case should not die like that, what do you intend to do? Until you get off your laptops and follow up the matter on behalf of this dude and the wife, it will be forgotten until one of you is assaulted sometime in the future.
    It is at times like this that I wish we had in our constitution the right to bear arms. Police for know say craze people dey. Person like me for waste the mofo first first before any other thing happen!
    Fuck tha Nigerian pigs…

    • NagosBigBoi

      December 10, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      There was an interview I read where this young female councillor in abuja (Zainab Galadima) said that she one tried to channel the outrage expressed on social media by Nigerians and failed woefully. She said it is a waste of time and I agree with her. This na just a place wey people dey use vent……

  24. callmekem

    December 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    there is enough evidence to go to court. sharing pictures of your busted face has less chance of preventing future abuse than going to court. research NGOs that will pay, human rights firms that will take your case pro bono. i have never suffered this measure of police abuse because i am always polite with policemen, but if such a thing ever happens, the thing to do is to go to court. Nigerians, stop complaining about impunity of the police if you are not willing to bring the perps before a judge. All your complaining is not helping. Sue. Sue. Sue

  25. KABIRU

    December 10, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Police are longer friend, but public enermy.

  26. Anonymouse

    December 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    This is totally unacceptable behavior from the Nigerian police. Imagine that level of unwarranted brutality from those who are meant to protect and serve. I think something needs to be done about this and it should start with the sort of training that they receive. This video was circulated a few months ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5Dge7VpxFM and it provides a level of insight into how the training they receive makes them ever so brutal (not to add the fact that they are so corrupt – find something for the boys). They should kick this up to the Lagos State governor’s office. Innocent people should not be brutalized like this in a civilized country, even if we are at war, there would be some level of accountability. Makes my blood boil reading this and seeing the images. Something definitely needs to be done.

  27. Ade

    December 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    How come women in uniform seem to be the same. The former PRO in Lagos Ngozi (of blessed memory) thought all was well until her removal.

  28. dapo

    December 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

    nigerian police are aggressive for no reason.
    i agree it is time we do an audit of NPF and post all the aggressive olopa to Chibok and Mubi.
    three months service in rural north easr as punishment instead of to sack them.

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