Police free Ekiti woman brutalised at checkpoint
The Police in Ekiti State have freed Toyin Adeyeye, the American returnee, who was arrested and detained by the Police Command after being brutalized for refusing to bribe policemen at a checkpoint.
A family source confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ado Ekiti on Sunday.
He said the woman was released to her husband late on Saturday night on administrative bail.
According to the source, Toyin’s husband, Akanni Adeyeye, has taken her to a private hospital in the Ado Ekiti for the treatment of bruises on her body, as well as the trauma she suffered in the hands of the police.
Toyin and her two month old baby, along with her brother, were detained from Friday up till Saturday night, before being released.
Abdullahi Chafe, the Ekiti State Police Commissioner, accused Toyin of slapping one of his men at a checkpoint and tearing his uniform.
Chafe spoke in a reaction to the social media outrage against the policemen for brutalising the woman.
Chafe said Toyin committed the offence at the checkpoint when she was asked to prove the ownership of the car in which she was being driven.
Chafe said: “Those people slapped my policeman on duty and tore his uniform.
“Uniform is an authority and what those people did was against the law and it is not good for a civilian to slap a policeman.
“It is not good for somebody to prevent a law enforcement officer from carrying out his lawful duty.
“Somebody wearing the uniform?
“It is not about his age but the authority he carries/
“I don’t allow my men to do something contrary to the law.
“I don’t want a woman to be detained with baby or with pregnancy.
“I don’t want an old woman or a minor to be detained.
“I have taken note of this and we will take the right action on the matter as investigation continues.”
Akanni Adeyeye, refuted the police claim, saying his wife and her brother were beaten up and detained for refusing to offer bribe to the policemen at the checkpoint.
He told newsmen that about five policemen on duty at the checkpoint beat them up before taking them to the New Iyin Police Station where they were detained.
He said the police also impounded the black Kia Picanto car with registration number LAGOS FKJ 221 EE conveying them.
He claimed that the policemen requested for vehicle particulars and driver’s licence of his brother-in-law who drove the car and found them to be up to date.
Governor Ayodele Fayose has meanwhile, called for an independent enquiry over the incident.