Nigerians raise concern over police brutality


Prisoner Appealoriginally by: The Nation
published: 12th October 2011

For many Nigerians, brutalities, extra judicial killings are the hallmarks of police officers, who are supposed to be friends of the people, writes LEKE SALAUDEEN. Mr Ismail Quadri was arrested alive by officers from the Ipaja Police Station, Alagolo, a Lagos suburb. But, the  52-year-old baker did not return home alive. He died of alleged torture.

The late Quadri was arrested during a routine raid usually carried out by policemen in the area to allegedly extort money from people.

On September 13, a man identified simply as Ockiya from Nembe, Bayelsa State was allegedly arrested by men of the state crime-fighting outfit, code-named: FAMU-TANGE, in the presence of his father. Report said the defenceless boy was executed without trial and his remains deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC). His  remains were conveyed by the same van that took him away when  he was arrested.

Osadebamwen Okonigene, a 17-year-old electronic repairer in Edo State, was recently invited to the police station to fix faulty equipment. He was allegedly detained and tortured. Osadebamwen’s father, who went to the police station to find out what was holding his son, was dumbfounded to discover that his son had been beaten to a pulp.

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