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VIDEO: Police Officers Chain Man To Their Van, Drag Him Along Benin Road

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A 38-year-old commercial bus driver, Kester Edun, has narrated how he was handcuffed by some policemen to their van and subjected to inhumane treatment for about seven hours in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State for an offence he claimed he did not commit.

A video clip of the May 15 incident, where Edun was seen laying on the ground with left hand handcuffed to the van, after having been reportedly dragged for some distance, had been uploaded on Facebook and attracted wide condemnation from many Nigerians.

A resident in the area, Augustine Ogbonmwan‎, who reportedly captured the brutality meted out to the victim on his mobile phone, was also said to have been detained.

The victim, a father of one from Delta State, was said to have been stopped by the security operatives from the Esigie Police Division, while he was driving along with a passenger, whom he had given a lift at First Junction, off Sakponba road.

The policemen were said to have searched him but found nothing incriminating.

It was, however, learnt that the passenger ‎suddenly fled when the security operatives found an “empty” pack of cigarettes on him.

But Edun said that it dawned on him that the policemen were after him when they refused to go after the fleeing passenger who had not gone too far from them.

He also noted that the security operatives, who also rejected his plea of innocence, cuffed his hand to their van and dragged him on the road as they drove away, in order to compel him to admit being an accomplice to the passenger.

He said that he had heard some passers-by expressing sympathy and asking what his offence was before the policemen descended on him.

He also claimed to have lost some amount of money and his phone in the process.

OLUGISTING gathered that Edun and Ogbonwan were later released on Wednesday evening.

It was also gathered that the erring policemen had been arrested and detained on the order of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 5, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed‎.

Reacting to the incident, Mohammed said that while the zonal criminal investigation and intelligence department had commenced a full-investigation into the matter, ‎the detained policemen were expected to face an orderly room trial on Thursday. He, however, did not disclose the identities of the said policemen.

The AIG, who also condemned the action of the cops, described it as unprofessional and a violation of the principle of democratic policing.

He said, “The policem‎en would be sanctioned as soon as investigation into the matter is concluded. We wish to state that the victims, one Odozi Kester and Austin Ogbonmwan, were found in good health and are cooperating in the investigation.”

Watch the VIDEO of the incident below.


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