An Ibadan-based lawyer, Mr. Demilade Olaniyan, has narrated how he was beaten to a stupor by a policewoman, Sola Olanrewaju, and her colleagues at Kajorepo Police Station, Ibadan during a controversy that ensued over a wage bill of a consignment of sugar.
Also, some policemen in the station allegedly broke the windscreen of his Peugeot 307 car.
Though, the police command in the state through its Public Relations Officer, DSP Olabisi Ilobanafor said it had spoken to the lawyer, the state branch of the Nigerian Bar Association is already considering a legal action against the police in the state for the alleged inhuman treatment meted to its member.
Ilobanafor said: “I have spoken with the lawyer in question, and he said the matter had been resolved. He said he could not get better justice than what he had got from the Area Commander, who intervened. Definitely, he is going to get redress.”
But Olaniyan said: “Since the Generals in the NBA have shown interest to prosecute the case to serve as a deterrent to others, I cannot say that they should not act in my protection.”
According to the lawyer in a statement, he went to the station over a truck allegedly intercepted by the police along Iwo Road, Ojoo when he got the beating of his life.
“When we got there, a police officer acquaintance of mine took me to the Station Officer (SO), Etim Ebighe, whom he explained to me would take me to the office of the OC P and G. This was around 2:30 p.m. When I got there, I met three persons- two gentlemen and a lady discussing.
“I explained my mission to him and while I was doing this, the lady interjected and started asking me series of questions. One of the questions she asked was why the consignment of sugar had no Way Bill.
“She shouted me down and told me that the trailer which had brought the sugar from Lagos should have given the bakery the Way Bill which it had used. I attempted to explain to her what usually obtained where there was a need to transfer some of the goods supplied.
‘‘In the manner at hand, it was for the bakery to issue a Way Bill to cover the transfer of sugar from Ibadan to Ilorin.”