The Lagos state Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, has ordered an investigation into the brutalization of famous actor, Gideon Okeke, in Lagos at the weekend.
This comes just as Okeke shared pictures of his bruised lips and how they had to be stitched in the hospital.
The police Zonal Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, who revealed this on Monday, said the erring officers will be punished.
She wrote on her Instagram:
“I got the report of these incident by way of tagging!!! The attention of the police authority has been drawn to the video of alleged brutalization of Mr Gideon Okeke by some policemen along Maroko area of Lagos State! The commissioner of Police, Lagos state command CP Imohimi Edgal has ordered immediate and detailed investigation into the incident and has assured that justice will prevail. All hands on deck as we sympathize with the victim.”
Okeke, in narrating his ordeal, said all he and two other people were assaulted by four police officers.
His words: “Yesterday, after I had finished from a scheduled meeting with Charles Otudor I left the Eko Hotel and joined the gradually building traffic leading on to Lekki.
“Only a few minutes from my meeting, had I unfortunately run into a minor collision with another driver, Mrs Mosunmola Ilori, at the Lekki Phase 1 roundabout. We both inspected the damage(s), conferred and thought first, to get off the road for oncoming traffic.
“Just less than 10 feet away from all this were the Lastma and Police, sharing the police post at the roundabout.
“All I asked, was their assistance (witnessed by Mrs Ilori) in getting some barricades off the road for us to park properly and this scenario I have just described, turned into a full blown fiasco, seeing 4 police officers pounce on me and 2 others on Mrs Ilori and her niece. I have come off this incident with stitches in my mouth and chin. Mrs Ilori as well, to the full glare and amazement of pedestrians and moving traffic, was ruffled up, beat, and dragged on the tarred ground. The Leading man here was one Officer IDEH DONATUS who severally pointed a gun in my chest.
“I hereby humbly call on the executive governor of Lagos state, @akinwunmiambode the Vice President @profosinbajo the @policenglagos and its Officers, to kindly exercise the authority of your offices in addressing these civil injustices filed at the #MarokoPoliceStation
“Myself, Mrs Ilori, her niece and every other Nigerian citizen, don’t need to feel vulnerable with the police. We appreciate them for their efforts in Protecting Lives and Property,but not for them to be THE THREAT!”