Policemen in Ado Ekiti on Friday brutalised and detained a woman,
Mrs. Toyin Adeyeye, her two month-old baby, Heritage and her
younger brother, Adeniyi Dada, for allegedly refusing to give bribe at a
It was learnt that about five policemen descended on them
and beat them mercilessly before taking them to New Iyin Police Station
where the beating continued.
The incident happened at the checkpoint in front of Ekiti
Pavilion, a few metres from the residence of the Commissioner of Police,
Mrs. Adeyeye returned from the United States of America 10 days earlier where she was delivered of the baby.
The police also impounded the returnee’s black Kia Picanto car with registration number LAGOS FKJ 221 EE.
Speaking with reporters on Saturday, the woman’s husband,
Mr. Akanni Adeyeye, decried the alleged brutality meted out to his wife
with lacerations on her body and bruises on the face.
Adeyeye who slept in the police station in solidarity with
his wife explained that the policemen requested for vehicle particulars
and driver’s licence of his brother-in-law who drove the car which were
He said one of the policemen withheld the documents
demanding that they be “settled,” a euphemism for bribe but Mrs. Adeyeye
and her brother refused because the vehicles papers were valid.
Adeyeye said,”My wife and her brother were returning from
the market at about 3.00pm on Friday and on arrival at the checkpoint in
front of the Pavilion very close to their station, they asked for all
vehicle papers and driver’s licence which were produced and they are
“After checking all the documents, the policemen were
demanding for money to be given as ‘settlement’ which my wife and her
brother refused. My wife drew their attention to the baby that was
crying in the car.
“Five of them were beating her at the point of arrest and on
getting to the station, the beating continued. After thoroughly beating
her, they obtained her statement around 10.00pm. There are wounds on
the back of my wife and face to show for it.On getting to the station, they now cooked up a story that
my wife slapped one of them and tore his uniform which is a lie. They
are telling this lie to justify their cruelty to my wife, my baby and my
“Neither my wife nor her brother slapped any policeman or
tore any uniform. The question to be asked is how would somebody who is
not armed attack an armed policeman? They are cooking up this falsehood
to cover up their brutality.”
The chairperson for Ekiti state chapter of Federation of
International Women Lawyers, Mrs. Funke Anoma, said investigation had
But reacting, the Commissioner of Police, claimed that Mrs.
Adeyeye was detained for allegedly slapping a policeman on duty and
tearing his uniform adding that the matter was still under
source punch newspaper.