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Lady Shares Devastating Experience of Physical and Sexual Assault by Police Officers in Lagos | State Govt. Demands Redeployment of Officers Involved

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Last Friday, some police officers attached to the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit illegally arrested residents in the Lekki and Victoria Island areas of the state.

One of the victims, Stephanie, who was raided alongside her friends at about 11:45PM has come out to share her story of how they were physically and sexually assaulted by the so-called officers.

She posted videos and pictures of the men dragging them into the cell. In one of the videos, an officer was saying that anyone that brings N10,000 will be released immediately.

She wrote:

On Friday, the second of September 2016, I was picked up from my home at 11:45PM by my friends Emma and Albert. We headed to Ntyce club to meet the party posse for Albert’s birthday celebration. After spending a few minutes there, we decided to change locations because it was overcrowded.

The party posse consisted of me, Emma, Ochuko, Jessica, Peace, Ifeoma, Albert, Atiku and Sam. We all headed to The Place in Lekki Phase 1 in three separate cars. Emma and I got out of Albert’s car and noticed a tussle going on and we speculated that it was probably a bouncer and someone trying to get into the club or something along those lines.

As Emma and I were crossing the street, someone suddenly grabbed me by my skirt and Emma’s bra in the process. At first we thought he was trying to rob us, we began to scream and Albert and the two other guys with us rushed to pry his hands off us. His grip was so tight and his face so determined, it was obvious he had no plans of letting go. That was the first grip of fear I felt that night. He let go only after he had torn my skirt and ripped Emma’s bra in two (I didn’t even know that was possible). The guys tried to chase him off but he brought out handcuffs and said he was a police officer.

He called out to some other men and that was when we realized we weren’t the only ones being accosted. They started yelling at us, they were armed and began to shoot in the air and shove us into their trucks. We tried to resist but they threatened to shoot us if we didn’t comply. The so called ‘Police Officers’ were heavily intoxicated and stank of alcohol. They targeted the women and roughly shoved us into their Task Force trucks. Albert refused to let us go alone, he got into the truck with us while the other two guys followed in their cars from behind.

The truck was dark, grimy and had a foul smell. There were other girls and two guys in the truck, the place was in chaos- people were crying, screaming and making calls on their phones. I was surprised by how calm I was through the whole ordeal, sitting at the back of a dark truck, bleeding from my leg and wondering if I was going to die.

They drove around for about twenty more minutes and continued to pick up random people and dragged them forcefully into the truck, all within Lekki and Victoria Island region.

One particular girl stood out to me, she fought so hard to get away from the Task Force. She had been about getting into her car when she was forcefully dragged away, she kicked and screamed for them to let her go. To my utter disbelief, one of them put his finger into her vagina. People watched helplessly but couldn’t do anything to help us because they were armed.

After a long tumultuous ride, we found ourselves in their Task Force office in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland. The people that carried out the raid were different from those at the station.We were herded like cattle, put in a straight line and paraded in front of their colleagues like criminals. We were directed to a very disgusting room and all asked to squat, when some people refused, one member of the task force began to hit them with an aluminum rod.

When we initially refused to get into the cell, this man forcefully dragged us in.

Lagos Task Force Assault

I need you to picture what the holding cell looked like. Imagine a small bedroom with a bucket latrine in the corner, the whole room reeked of urine and feces. Thirty girls packed like sardines, insects and arthropods visibly crawling on the walls, there was no ventilation and it was poorly lit. We had to stand for hours inhaling that terrible stinking cell, there were two pregnant women among us and also an asthmatic patient. Our captors refused to listen to our pleas for help, we could barely breathe in there and we were worn out, frustrated, injured and drowsy.

I had texted my friend Dayo earlier explaining the whole situation to him, he started looking for a solution from Abuja where he was. He put me in touch with an aid to the Vice President’s office who in turn promised to engage DIG Agala and DCP Adeoye, Chief of Operations of Police, Lagos State.

They initially pretended that they didn’t want money but later on, they began to ask us how much we would give so we could be released.

Peoples’ family and friends were outside for hours, pleading to bail us out for something we didn’t even do. Their pleas fell on deaf ears though because the officials didn’t allow them enter the compound till 7AM.

I and my friends were later released around 8AM after Atiku’s military contacts came through. I am unsure of how much they paid to get us out but I do know that other people paid 10-15 thousand Naira to them.

What they did is a betrayal of the trust that we put in the police. They made it an alternate source of income since they could no longer openly exploit motorists, they decided to prey on innocent young women. They are going to face justice for their actions.

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Following the incident, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has requested the redeployment of the police officers involved in the inhumane act.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday that the governor had sent the request to the state commissioner of police.

“The governor has sought an immediate redeployment of several of the taskforce officers from the unit, and possibly from the state, over what the he calls unacceptable conduct. The request became necessary in order to checkmate the reoccurrence of the unauthorised raid and indiscriminate arrest of citizens who were out to have fun on Friday night,” he said.

Ayorinde said preliminary investigation showed that the raid was carried out with the knowledge of a high-ranking member of the task force, but without the approval of its chairman.

He noted that such conduct was not in tandem with the vision of the State Government and was therefore condemnable.

“Their conduct is also unbecoming of officers who are expected to protect the citizenry and ensure that citizens and visitors find every part of the state safe and conducive enough, not only on Friday nights, but every day,” he said.

Ayorinde, who apologised on behalf of the government, said the state would not condone acts of high-handedness, extortion and disregard for human rights.

57 Comments

  1. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    September 7, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    NIGERIA POLICE goes hand in hand with SEX and MONEY. The three cant be divided.

    • Olanma

      September 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Are we really shocked by this? What do they expect? The government that is?! When they take middle school and high school dropouts and take to police colleges and use as police men? I’m not sure why the people in higher authorities don’t think. Most of these policemen are uneducated touts. Until the government starts to look for and hire educated people and pay them well; the problem will persist. Why make people who know nothing about law and order policemen, and give them rickety salaries and still think they’ll solve problems? Our police force is a joke. Even teenagers don’t respect them. Most of these policemen provide robbers with guns. The Nigerian Police Force nationwide needs to be sanitized thoroughly, and fast. Buhari, get to work. It’s not about travelling to 4 countries in a week. Ambode, it’s also not about partying nonstop. Other governors, it’s not about sleeping with young girls and giving them millions; money that you should use for state(s) development.. It hurts me when citizens suffer because of the foolishness of our so-called leaders. We don’t have a police force in this country, we have touts who just managed being policemen, as they had nothing else to do. Anything something horrible happens, our stupid leaders give stupid statements and ‘condemn’ happenings, instead of actually solving them. And you (government officials) really think it’ll be well with you and yours? Hmmm.

    • Damilola

      September 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      This is NOT about education. This is lack of character and integrity. This is lawlessness. This is lack of respect for authority. It’s evident by now, level of education, degree holders hasn’t fixed, solved existing problems in the country. The whole legal, justice laws need to be changed. Ambode, you don’t redeploy. These officers need to be FIRED, suspended start from there. This is a crime.
      This is also about accountability. People in power do what they like because they feel they will get away with it.

    • Olanma

      September 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Are we really shocked by this? What do they expect? The government that is?! When they take middle school and high school dropouts and take to police colleges and use as police men? I’m not sure why the people in higher authorities don’t think. Most of these policemen are uneducated touts. Until the government starts to look for and hire educated people and pay them well; the problem will persist. Why make people who know nothing about law and order policemen, and give them rickety salaries and still think they’ll solve problems? Our police force is a joke. Even teenagers don’t respect them. Most of these policemen provide robbers with guns. The Nigerian Police Force nationwide needs to be sanitized thoroughly, and fast. Buhari, get to work. It’s not about travelling to 4 countries in a week. Ambode, it’s also not about partying nonstop. Other governors, it’s not about sleeping with young girls and giving them millions; money that you should use for state(s) development. It hurts me when citizens suffer because of the foolishness of our so-called leaders. We don’t have a police force in this country, we have touts who just managed being policemen, as they had nothing else to do. Anything something horrible happens, our stupid leaders give stupid statements and ‘condemn’ happenings, instead of actually solving them. And you (government officials) really think it’ll be well with you and yours? Hmmm.

    • FasholasLover

      September 7, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Are the Policemen going to face orderly room and dismissed or just redeployed? Justice must be done o. Haba!

    • Treating schizophrenia with yoyo bitters.

      September 7, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      “”REDEPLOYMENT””? “”REDEPLOYMENT””?

      Is that what is supposed to be done? Is that the right thing to do? Is that the best the Lagos State government and the Police authorities can do? You mean these men will still have jobs? The Lagos state government is asking for them to be redeployed so that what? they can go and continue the same atrocities in another/other states? what happens when they end up killing someone? if they haven’t already? These men must be charged to court, tried and jailed. Stripped of every office and authority, lose every pension and benefit, be locked up in jail for years until the animals in them become extinct and the demons in them become exorcised, then, and only then, they can be let back in civilisation to mingle freely with other human beings.

      The police authority should also be sued for and pay damages to all the victims. The police should also be sued for and pay the bill for professional counselling and therapy for each and everyone of the victims with qualified, recognised and credible professionals not quacks of the police’ choice.

      For starters.

    • So We Are Not Safe

      September 8, 2016 at 4:16 am

      I don’t understand your comment? The women were out on a Friday night like normal women all over the world. Did anyone tell you they were out soliciting sex? If you’re on the wrong blog then please go back there with your sexist judgemental comments. The Nigerian Police are corrupt, lawless and a danger to society as clearly demonstrated here. They were authorised to drive around and pick up random women to raise cash to meet a quota by a senior ranking police officer. What does that tell you about this country and its leaders? The police are known for collecting bribes from law breakers and criminals to turn a blind eye to their activities, clearly that income is no longer enough and they went out to harrass innocent women, knowing full well people would pay to bail them out.
      In other cities where the women are not fortunate enough to have connections, I am certain they are being raped and beaten by these plebs. Ambode has deployed them out of State to places where there will be no outcry or repercussions. What does that say about his mentality and attitude to women, security and lawlessness?
      We are now living in a huge state of insecurity. Violent and armed robberies are on the rise, we are harrassed by aggressive and sometimes armed ‘beggers’ while driving and now we can be even more scared knowing we are under threat from our own law enforcement agencies. I am fully in support of a march to protest such threatening behaviour like Ade has mentioned. We must not take this lying down.
      If anyone knows where we can buy pepper sprays and tasers please post a reply. If the law is not going to protect us, then we need to protect ourselves.

    • So We Are Not Safe

      September 8, 2016 at 4:18 am

      Is there a hashtag for this? Lets use the power of social media to raise awareness.

  2. Na

    September 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    I saw this on another blog and some ridiculous Nigerians started blaming the victims with stupid comments like:

    “When you won’t sit down at home, nko?”
    “What were you too looking for outside at night?”
    “They probably thought you were prostitutes with the way you must have dressed”
    “Abeg we all know Naija Police is useless, you shouldn’t have put yourself in that position in the first place.”
    Etc.

    I was beyond disgusted.

    However I want to believe the crowd on Bella Naija are of a more mentally advanced stock. Because the thunder that will FAYA any victim blamer that comes here ehn…..

    • Prince

      September 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      That must be on LIB of SDK.

  3. LEM

    September 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Nigerian police, no better than armed robbers themselves. Useless species. They have graduated from harassing motorists it’s now to harassing ladies. I’m even surprised they did not come up with a story of how the ladies were ‘indecently dressed’ and therefore were suspected of being prostitutes. @ssh…ls

  4. AngieD

    September 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I have a very close friend who was also involved in this. She’s married and a mother of 2 by the way. They just picked her and her friends randomly at the place, Ikeja and she spent the whole night in that stinky cell…I hope these people are brought to book and made to face justice. How can such lawlessness happen in a civil society. Governor Ambode, this cant be your vision for a mega city

  5. Penticost

    September 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    9ja Police are so useless dat citizens are even afraid of helping them. Why would a police officer put his hand in a lady’s vaginal, what an insolent. It’s high time police should know dia boundaries unless they want 9ja to get rid of them. I hope d govt take a gud step toward Alcoholism & smoking in Police squad.

  6. tunmi

    September 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Please don’t stop with accepting the apology. I really wish they would file some serious lawsuits. I’m also suspecting that club

  7. toon

    September 7, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    “Following the incident, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has requested the redeployment of the police officers involved in the inhumane act”

    For real? Is redeployment the way forward? These so-called police officers committed these huge atrocities, instead of sacking their ass*s first, charge them to court and they be sentenced to years in kirikiri, you say redeployment.

    We are in trouble in this country.

    • Xoxo

      September 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      May God bless you for this comment. Which stupid redeployment is that. People that should be sacked and made to face the law. By the time they redeploy them to another state they will go ahead and commit such gruesome act on other citizens. Gov Ambode had better wake up. The so called police that should protect citizens are even bigger criminals. Rada rada

  8. Engoz

    September 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Good job Stephanie!!! You are one in a million for speaking up.
    Lagos state government should not only apologize but compensate the victims.

  9. Idomagirl

    September 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    This is what those AEPB thugs were doing in Abuja 2-3 years ago.
    Just give our people small authority they start misbehaving and abusing people.
    As horrible as this case is, it’s even worse for the many who don’t have any friends with connections.
    Nigeria is sick!

  10. Corolla

    September 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Redeployment? Shouldn’t these criminals called police be investigated and indicted? What a bunch of animals!

    • DOtherDee

      September 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Exactly!!!! Redeployment,so they go somewhere people won’t have cellphones or internet to record them when they assault and harass innocent citizens?
      Redeployment, so maybe next time, they’ll just shoot the people, instead of leaving witnesses???
      Redeployment Rubbish! They should lose their badges (or name tags or whatever the Nigerian police flaunt as their claim to authority) and face criminal and civil charges! Let’s see how well they fare on the other side of the prison bars.

    • Ready

      September 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      I suppose the state government is calling for redeployment because police officers are hired by the federal government.

      This is disgusting. It’s disgusting that people who work in a state cannot be sanctioned by the state government. That’s why we’ve been shouting for STATE POLICE! What is the AIG going to do from afar? Road blocks are creeping up again, a large numbers of police officers in Lagos are DRUNK by 7 a.m. When people got robbed in Agungi, Lekki traffic in full view of police officers, they were told “Eeyah” by these rifle carrying men and then told to write in their statement that their things got missing. Missing? Her windows were broken and the things were stolen.

      The legislature argues that state police would be misused by politicians in the state. Eeerr…as opposed to them being currently misused by politicians all across the country? Cleaning people’s shoes and carrying handbags? I encourage you to join the push for changes to the constitution – for amendment of ages at which we can run for office, federal sharing principle, and devolution of police powers to states.

  11. Puzzles

    September 7, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    They should be arrested and tried in court!!!!!

    What nonsense. Why are they being redeployed??? So they can be sent to another state where they would molest and rape females and there would be no one to make it known via social media??? And some women call these disgusting men “my husband” and “daddy”.

    This is not fair at all!!! Is there no human rights/women rights group that can take this up and ensure that justice is served to this wicked set of humans???

    Just redeployment!!!! This harrassment by the Police and other uniformed men would not stop if the punishment is just redeployment. Oh God!!!!

    Women are not safe anywhere in this country.

  12. Ezinne Osuagwu

    September 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    The first day I read this report I was shocked! How much more can we tolerate from these same touts who are meant to protect us.
    I was in Lagos island last week and right in front of where my colleague and I parked, a young man was standing, making a call and looking like he was waiting for someone to come get him, next thing I know, two policemen jump down from their keke maruwa van and held his trouser and started dragging him into their car, the other kept threatening to use his weapon. My people it was 2pm on a Friday afternoon. Funny enough, the same Friday these people were raided. All we could do was watch, they were armed, no one could interfere. This is ridiculous and all they get is redeployment? Which way Nigeria. I can imagine how the woman who was molested feels right now. That’s a mental picture that won’t go away anytime soon.
    So sorry ladies. I pray you heal real soon.

  13. Iris

    September 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    So…these men woke up one day, got drunk, and then picked up some girls and assaulted them physically and sexually. I don’t think even armed robbers do this for no reason and they are talking about redeployment. They need stripped to be of their uniforms, examined for mental issues, and then sent to prison. How is this even up for debate? Hearing that girl scream ‘I didn’t do anything’ sent chills up my spine.

  14. nwa nna

    September 7, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Nigeria as a country needs it moral compass reset badly because there’s a moral decay plaguing our society and something drastic needs to be done to curb it!

  15. Shawntaesia

    September 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I’m just here numb! So those girls I usually see on Friday nights being hauled into police vans may just be like me, innocently having fun with friends. But our dear police, tasked with the responsibility to protect her citizens, would rather manhandle, assault and exploit. If the culprits are just made to redeploy, that is no punishment at all. They should rather be stripped off their uniforms and made to give a public apology and probably more. Geez! This is so scary!!

  16. Oluwabee

    September 7, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I am a Christian, I am told to love everyone, but I find it hard to love the police (God give me strength).

    Police, especially the Nigeria Police You are not my friend. You are money’s friend.

    When I read redeployment, I thought I did not know the meaning of redeployment. Like seriously? Redeployment???!!!!!!???????

    Arrest them! Sue them! Take them to court! Sentence them! Put them in prison! Then we will agree you have taken action!

    I hate to have business with these people gosh! Even my boss’ police orderly know how much I hate the Police I don’t hide it!

  17. Peyton

    September 7, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    This is sad and disgusting. The statement from the goverment is equally distressing. This people should sue the governemnt for this. And those officers need to be sacked. What is the meaning of this nonesense??

    • Olanma

      September 7, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Are we really shocked by this? What do they expect? The government that is?! When they take middle school and high school dropouts and take to police colleges and use as police men? I’m not sure why the people in higher authorities don’t think. Most of these policemen are uneducated touts. Until the government starts to look for and hire educated people and pay them well; the problem will persist. Why make people who know nothing about law and order policemen, and give them rickety salaries and still think they’ll solve problems? Our police force is a joke. Even teenagers don’t respect them. Most of these policemen provide robbers with guns. The Nigerian Police Force nationwide needs to be sanitized thoroughly, and fast. Buhari, get to work. It’s not about travelling to 4 countries in a week. Ambode, it’s also not about partying nonstop. Other governors, it’s not about sleeping with young girls and giving them millions; money that you should use for state(s) development.. It hurts me when citizens suffer because of the foolishness of our so-called leaders. We don’t have a police force in this country, we have touts who just managed being policemen, as they had nothing else to do. Anything something horrible happens, our stupid leaders give stupid statements and ‘condemn’ happenings, instead of actually solving them. And you (government officials) really think it’ll be well with you and yours? Hmmm.

  18. Anonymous

    September 7, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    This is so sad! Is it until there’s a war in this country? (God forbid) but all these????? NPF ehn!!!! The thunder that will fire u ppl awaits u at ur various homes. It would have been better if there were no police officers! Mstcheew

  19. salo

    September 7, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Naija police remain my stark enemy, i tried to tolerate them but the animalistic behavior in them won’t allow.
    Ambode how can u redeploy, are they not suppose to be tried in court and punished accordingly,
    Is there no law to punish the perpetrators……This is molestation and should be punishable
    please let this case not be swept under the rug.
    How can a worthless individual like a police man just dig his miserable finger in my vaginal, thats out of place and i’m burning within me self

    • Ready

      September 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      A worthless individual like a policeman shouldn’t dig his finger in there? What if it was an individual of worth….say a rich politician?

      Who determines who is worthless? These issues are systemic, and our attitudes to some professions denigrate the people who do them. In public spaces, let’s be clear because for many people in the world, this is their window to our country. That’s all I’m saying.

  20. Prince

    September 7, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I still think State Policing is the best and that’s the way out of this shit. If any police officer is found wanting the governor can immediately terminate his service and make him face justice

  21. Nene

    September 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    They should be jailed. They won’t lock up the real prostitutes, they are looking for who will give them money. How can they carry people all the way from the island to alausa for going out in the night.

  22. Pearl

    September 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    I understand the police have been harassing women like this for years!! they should be punished not redeployed.
    We also need reform in the process. Most people who are in that situation just want to pay and get it behind them.
    What a shame on the Nigerian Police force, wielding power like schoolyard bullies!

  23. Lala

    September 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    After, they say those of us abroad should come home abi? Reading the story alone is traumatising. Hopefully, l can buy a house here and pay it off one day, then serve God in peace. When l grow old and die, my kids can bury me for this UK and inherit the house.

    Opari, abi wetin again dey for the life?

    • sekinaa

      September 7, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      But they say all of those abroad are second class citizens nau. Its better to stay in your country and be a first class citizen so the police can molest and attack you at will…

    • AceOfSpades

      September 7, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      When a system is broken, you fix it! Every country have their issues but they don’t run to another country and start forming Donald Trump thousands of miles away. Don’t say you can’t come home because of an unfortunate incident. If you don’t want to come home, fine but don’t pin this as a reason. Is it not in USA that police will just point gun and shoot someone dead or is it not in Uk that you will send your kids to school, gang members will kill him/her on the way. Why don’t you come home because of that? All this Naija people in diaspora be pissing somebody off sef. USA or Uk is not heaven and murder is just as bad as rape/sexual harassment.

      Police Ish is tiring! I wonder how they’d feel if it was their wives or daughters that had to go through this. Will they also pay? Even if the girl is a prostitute, did you arrest her while she was advert info for a customer or something like that? Na wah oooo

    • why link such a stupid sarcasm

      September 8, 2016 at 4:46 am

      I live in the obodo oyibo, don’t mind the foolish above comments. Evil is everywhere, my own fear is that in nigeria there is never reformation after such an incidents unlike other parts of the world.

  24. oluwatosin Oluwole-John

    September 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    When I read this, I wasn’t shocked but I became more afraid of a failed system,am in my late 30’s and married with 3kids and yet am scared stiff of any man in uniform,they are animals in uniform due to what I have been thru,that is story for another day! But I want those involved punished,not just redeployed! What if something like that happens to someone like me that doesn’t know any1 @ the top,what happens!!! It’s well with us. God bless Nigeria

  25. sekinaa

    September 7, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Wow! Is that what you ladies have to endure in Nigeria? Police men sticking their dirty stinking fingers in your vagina and ripping off your bras? You know what, I think I will stay put in Diaspora. At least I can walk the street at night not being scared of being attacked by those paid to protect me. Disgusting!

  26. Efee

    September 7, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I flipping lost it when I read redeployed……They were redeployed???????? Ambode would you redeploy if your daughter sister or niece were the ones who encountered this? Disgusted!

  27. Grace

    September 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    This is so bad. so these came into light because the victim knows someone who knows someone and all that.,imagine the number of people being assaulted by these damned police men and have no one to call but pay so much for bail for not committing any crime. God help this nation and these damned and very damned police man or woman. This is sick though. Ambode,redeployment isnt the best for them, these useless man let them be sacked and sent to jail after been tried.

  28. Chuma

    September 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I am male & I had a similar experience in 1984, on Kingsway Road, Ikoyi. I was living then on Rumens Road, off Kingsway Road. Walking to then Ikoyi Hotel at 9pm for a drink from my house, I was accosted by a police patrol team. No question asked, I was ordered to get into their patrol vehicle. When I demanded to know why, their team leader asked his men to bundle me into their transport. I wasn’t asked any question, neither was I allowed to tender a form of identification. I had on me my Ministry~issued I’d card identifying me as a civil servant, as well as the keys to my apartment/motor vehicle, two items that could have helped in confirming that I was not a vagabond but merely taking a walk in my neighborhood. To cut a long story short, I spent that night, just like this poor lady, in a crowded police cell in Obalende. I have not been able to live down my distrust and dislike for the Nigeria police ever since.

  29. Tolu

    September 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    What the hell is the meaning of redeployment? These girls need to sue both the police and the governor for that rubbish statement!

    These officers have committed a crime, they should be charged to court – this is not the first time this sort of story is coming out of lagos – recently we have been hear women being being picked up around Lagos at night.

    is there a curfew out in Lagos state now?

    instead of doing serious police work this is what is now happening now in lagos state? they will not have fuel to respond to emergency but they have fuel to go around pickup girls.

    are these people lunatics?

  30. Ada Nnewi

    September 7, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    I’ve been boiling since I read it… all these crazy politicians will not talk now… no problem… they will have daughters or grand daughters soon in this crazy country…..

  31. mummy bobo

    September 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    What nonsenses!!!!!!!! Dats why I like the Nigeria army, I remember a situation I was in sometime ago. someone sold a fake Nokia phone to me and going he refused to refund my money and it wasn’t up to 24hrs I bought it, in order no to create a scene I went to report d situation to a near police station, I met a lady and explain evrytin to her she said b4 she will follow I hv to gv her 3k to buy fuel wen actually we didn’t need a car bcos d shop was very close, angrily I left d station just close 2 d station I saw an army guy and greeted him and told him wat happen, he immediately walked wit me there without asking for a penny. As soon as d dealer saw us he almost urinated on his trouser without much talk he gave me back my money. I tried to force d army guy to collect some money from me he refused and left, since dat day d little respect I hv for Nigeria police men and women varnished. The govt should restructure d police force. The Lagos gvt should sack those that did dis nonsense dat will serve a warning to d rest team

  32. Ade

    September 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Fellow women pls can we do some sort of protest? Where are the prominent women that take up women’s issues like Jate Henshaw pls. This is something that every woman in Lagos and in fact all over Nigeria should protest for till those bastards are sacked and arrested. Why won’t they keep doing such when there is no real consequence? That they were bold enough to do that on the island where they know the women will have connections shows you how long they must have been getting Away with it elsewhere to get so bold! Pls this is the one thing we need to fight for guys

  33. Anonymous

    September 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    So this police act has entered Lagos. It was super rampant in ABJ one time. Police men going round picking girls coming out or trying to go into the club or as long as ur a girl unexcorted at night them go carry you.

  34. Pellz

    September 7, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Please is redeployment their punishment? I don’t gerrit. This is inhuman.

  35. Mzphunby

    September 7, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    His finger in her vagina!!!!!! That’s horrible.
    Redeployment?? Dts not good enough.

  36. tamunotonye

    September 7, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I hope the asthmatic patient didn’t have an attack ooo… cause that sickness is deadly.

  37. Tosin

    September 7, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Hmm these guys can kill. Only God… This is very terrible but these uniformed people are very dangerous, just like armed gangs.

    • Tosin

      September 7, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      can be very dangerous, not are very dangerous. Pray God

  38. Hope

    September 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    We do not need police any more,they are useless and whatless,police were made to guide the citizens not d other ways round,I experience dis same thing,on my way coming back from church,I slept in lekki station,d next morning, three so call ago at d top demanded that I should sleep with them.wat a country,where are we heads to good or bad,our leaders,this issues should be handle seriously.

  39. doyin

    September 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    @sekinaa, I fully support your comment of wanting to remain in disapora. Omo, Naija is a sorry place. Even me that just came back from London after a five week holiday willl advise you to stay there. I went shopping with my daughter who just clocked 12 on Oxford street till 10 pm and it was like broad daylight. The streets were well lit and londoners were moving everywhere. Is that possible on Broad Street or Balogun Market? We came back home at about 11.30pm. Nobody harrassed us on the train or in the bus. Night life in Nigeria is dead. The few people that have liver to go out are being picked by policemen or stolen by kidnappers. Nigeria is a very very lawless country. Where we are going to start from ko ye mi o. Ati sii seriously. God will deliver us.

  40. Sonia

    September 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

    I myself I was assrested me on my way coming from a wedding,they ask me to step out from d cab,I tort they was criminal,later I find out they were police man.they drag me into their van and take me to d station,I slept there in d morning my friend came to bay me with 30,0000 naira,they are saying lekki wife’s re complaint,that d girls are taking there husbands.

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