The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Sunday night announced his government’s interest in the case of a woman beaten by some policemen in Ado Ekiti on Friday.
Fayose made this known while speaking on a monthly public enlightenment programme: “The Governor Explains.”
He disclosed that an investigation panel has been set up to probe what actually transpired between the woman and the police.
He said the investigation will unravel the policemen that beat the woman.
The governor said he was particularly disturbed by media reports linking policemen to the alleged beating of the woman, Toyin Adeyeye, despite her status as a nursing mother.
He described as regrettable the police action, coming barely two weeks after the state celebrated the International Women’s Day with fanfare.
The governor declared that the law on violence against women still subsists in the state and that the law would be applied as appropriate in this matter.
Abdullahi Chafe, the state Police Commissioner, had said the woman was beaten by policemen at a checkpoint in Ado Ekiti because she slapped one of his men and tore his uniform.
Chafe claimed the woman slapped one of his men when she was asked to prove the ownership of the car in which she was being driven.
Chafe spoke in a reaction to the social media outrage against the policemen for brutalising a woman.
After the beating, Adeyeye and her baby, including her younger brother, Adeniyi Dadawere, were detained at a police station in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The Kia Picanto that Dada was driving was also impounded.
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