The police in Lagos have said the 29-year-old photographer, Ejeh Smith, who was brutalised by a policeman attached to the Ikoyi Police Division along with his wife, Grace, was drunk on the night of the incident. The police authorities added that the couple engaged the policeman in a scuffle, adding that since the incident happened, they had refused to make statements to the police.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said the police had, however, detained the erring policeman, Dada Ogunsanya, assuring members of the public that justice would be served. The Lagos police’s defence came as the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, ordered a full scale investigation into the case.
The police spokesman, Nwosu, while reacting to the reports, said the police had commenced disciplinary action against the corporal. It was learnt that Ogunsanya had spent 11 years in the Nigeria Police Force. He said:
“Investigation is ongoing because as a command, we are alive to our responsibility and we do not condone any act of incivility to members of the public. However, the police corporal is alleging that the couple fought him in uniform.”
“The man in question (Ejeh) was alleged to be drunk, and since that incident happened, he has refused to make statements to the police. If you have a good case, why will you say you don’t want to make statement?”
“The Ikoyi DPO they are mentioning said she arrived at the scene and ordered all of them to be taken to the station. She was the one who even issued medical forms to them so they could go to the hospital.”
“The man (Ejeh) told her (DPO) that he had taken her picture and would send it to his pastor to pray against her. I was told that he made the station uncomfortable. Can that be right? Is that the way to behave?”
“We are interested in flushing out the bad eggs in the system and if this officer that has been accused is one of them, we will flush him out.”
He added that Ogunsanya had been transferred from the Ikoyi Division to the command headquarters where he was being detained.
While reacting to the police claims, Ejeh said he was not drunk on the night of the incident, adding that the police were merely cooking up allegations against him
“I was not drunk that night because I was coming from Ikeja where I worked. I met my wife at Obalende from where we took the cab. I was not drunk at all.”
“I also fault the claim that I fought with the policeman because nothing like that happened. He was the one who hit me with his rifle in the eye, so how can a man who could barely see fight again?”
“And yes, I told them I couldn’t make statement because my eyesight had been affected. I cannot see with one eye right now. I told our family lawyer about this and he said he would write a petition where he will state the case for us.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sulaiman Abba, has ordered a full scale investigation into the case.
Police and their evil ways! God’s will shall surely prevail on this matter and Justice will take its course. #policebrutality