The Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group, ISDMG, has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to intervene in an alleged case of brutality by officers of Oyo State Police Command against Adegbite Damilola.
The ISDM Executive Director, Chima Amadi, alleged that Damilola lost her first pregnancy after 10 years of marriage due to police brutality and also appealed to the National Human Rights Commission to ensure that the victim got justice.
He said the incident occurred on August 11, 2015 at Akobo Police Station, Ibadan.
“The actions of the police at all stages breached legally established procedures for arrest and detention. The police breached the legal requirement that a person to be arrested must be promptly informed of his or her offence.
“The police also violated the victim’s constitutional right not to be treated in a manner that degrades her human dignity. By subjecting her to such malevolent treatment, the police already presumed her guilty and began to mete out punishment to her,” he said.
In her narration, Damilola said on August 11, 2015, a female police officer from Akobo Police Station came to arrest her in her Ibadan residence and she requested to know why she was being arrested but and the police woman left and came back with a re-enforcement.
Damilola said on arrival at the police station, she was told she resisted arrest and would be locked up.
“I sought to call my husband but the officers got infuriated and started beating me. I was kicked in the stomach and I started bleeding and was dragged into a cell,” she said.
Damilola said she fainted in the cell and was taken to a hospital where she was confirmed to have lost her pregnancy.
Damilola said that she later learnt that a report of removal of a signboard in her neighbourhood was brought to the station, of which the complainant absolved her of involvement.
She said two of her neighbours were later identified by the complainant as those who removed the said signboard.
She said she was charged with Assault on a Police Officer, adding that it took the intervention of a lawyer who sympathised with her before she was granted bail.
ISDMG demanded that a public apology be tendered to the couple, pay compensation to the victim as well as punish the culprits of the brutality.
“We urge that the Executive Secretary, NHRC, intervene in the matter and personally pursue this case to a logical conclusion by ensuring that justice is manifestly done,” Amadi said stressing that the police brutality was unwarranted and unjustifiable.
When contacted for comments, DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Command, said the CP had ordered an investigation into the matter.
“I can assure you that the victim will get justice,” Ajisebutu said.