Mr. Tony Awobode, an Ibadan-based journalist, was reportedly harassed and assaulted by a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the city.
According to NG Times, the journalist, Awobode, who also serves as General Manager of JAMZ 100.1FM in Ibadan, was beaten to a coma at Aleshinloye Junction on Sunday by DPO of Iyaganku, CSP Akintunde Oyeniran, and his men.
On Tuesday, our reporter learned that the incident occurred when Awobode was riding a motor cycle.
He was stopped by the DPO, who claimed that the power bike had damaged his vehicle mirror as the JAMZ FM GM attempted to cross the Aleshinloye axis.
Even after pausing to check and establish that there was no mark or evidence of friction on the side mirror, the victim’s attempts to show otherwise were met with slaps and beating by the police chief.
According to our source, the DPO then summoned his police, who arrived to continue the beating before detaining the victim.
The victim was reportedly brought to the Iyaganku police station, where his cellphone was seized.
The power bike’s tires were also deflated.
On Tuesday, Awobode talked with his colleagues and expressed his dissatisfaction with the violation of his fundamental human rights.
Despite the fact that the vehicle the DPO was driving was not even touched, let alone damaged, he continued.
When contacted, Mr Adewale Osifeso, the State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, stated that the case was later reported to him.
However, Osifeso, who stated that the Commissioner of Police is aware of the situation, stated that he will respond as soon as feasible.
“It was recently brought to my attention. They just dialed my number. He promised to keep you up to date as quickly as possible.