A Delta police officer reportedly smashed a driver’s head with wood.
According to Vanguard, Delta State Police Command said Sunday that it had failed to pay five members of its staff, including Paul Audu, who allegedly struck a commercial bus driver and broke his head following the driver’s resistance to dispose of the sum of N200 at a police checkpoint. along the Eku-Abraka highway in the Ethiope East state local government area.
The incident that occurred last Thursday also prompted widespread condemnation of the professionalism of police officers on social media, with most people accusing the police of inciting another round of #EndSARS protests.
Vanguard’s findings revealed that the driver, identified as Godwin Akpama, was said to be transporting some merchants in a white bus with registration number, AKL 681 YP from Abraka to Sapele when he was stopped by the police who had set up a checkpoint at along the highway.
In recounting his ordeal, the driver who has been treated since then revealed that one of the police officers identified as Paul Audu had broken his head on a short board after the officer questioned him for questioning the actions of a senior police officer. team rank.
According to Godwin, “One of the policemen had stopped me at the checkpoint demanding that I give him the N200, I told him that I was only transporting women who sold Garri to the market after which I gave him the money he asked for but he refused and began to beat me while I was behind the wheel.
“Angered by his actions, I pushed him aside in the middle of his punches and also told him that he was committing an offense based on what he was doing. Then he told me to park the car and get out, which I did, only for him to grab a board on the side of the road and use it to hit my head. “
Speaking about the actions taken by the police in this regard, the public relations officer of the state police, Onome Onovwakpoyeya, stated that the driver had been treated and the policemen involved in the incident had been tried and violated according to police regulations.
She said: “The incident actually happened last Thursday. The matter has been dealt with while the five policemen in question have been indicted and tried in accordance with police regulations. The driver and other people present at the scene of the incident were also invited to make a statement and subsequently measures were taken against the policemen ”.