The Divisional Police Officer in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State, Superintendent Asanayin Ibok was on Monday accused by Miss Mercy Okoro of stripping her naked over a landlord-tenant dispute.
Mercy who’s 20 years of age further more accused Ibok of also arresting her widowed mother, Mrs. Lucy Okoro and her younger sister unlawfully over same dispute.
According to an interview with journalists in Warri, Mercy said the ordeal happened at about 15:00 on Friday, January 10.
A tenant, Mr. Andrew Obas, whose rent was due there months ago refused to pay his rent, instead, he brought Police to our home, Mercy said as she gave a recap of the ordeal.
According to Mercy who narrated in Pidgin English, she said “We gave him four months which elapsed this January but he refused to pay.
We asked him to pack out instead, he brought armed Policemen. They shot sporadically, came to our house and carried my sister, dragged her legs and kicked her.
I held the Policeman that they should leave my sister alone. The Policeman (DPO) stripped me naked. He dragged my wrapper on my neck and kicked my buttocks.
They bundled my sister into their patrol van and took me to the Police Station. When I got there, I never knew it was the DPO at first.
At the police station, the Policewoman at the counter sprayed pepper teargas into my eyes. I thought I was already blind.
At night, the DPO and some men came and abused me. They said, ‘see me as I be. Who go marry me? I nor even get flesh. I dry finish. No man go see me wey want marry me. Any man wey marry me naim be say he sorry for am.”
Further more, she appealed to the Government and Human Rights Organizations in the country and the international communities to help in rendering justice for her family in the best interest of equity and justice.
She said “If they don’t fight this case, it means there is no justice in Nigeria. If na criminal or fight, it means am being punished for what I have done but for a man to raise up his hands on a woman, the government should see that it is wrong for a police officer, to slap me like this”.
According to a statement by Mercy’s widowed mother, Mrs. Okoro, who was also arrested alongside her daughters said “I want the government to put an end to this problem of harassment with the tenants because they have been oppressing me.
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After owing me 3months, he said he will not pay and he boasted that he will give me problems. That’s why I said he should pack with the money and go.
I went to the Court and obtained a month quit notice and gave him. After that, I went back to the Court, obtained a seven days notice which I also gave him which elapsed on Friday, January 10”.
Mrs. Okoro who confirmed her daughter’s accusations went further to requested to the Government to tell the world how the she was molested by the Divisional Police Officer.
According to a chat Sir Casely Omon-Irabor Esq. The national chairman of Human Rights Defenders Organization had with journalists in Warri.
He said “we got a distressed call that a widow was being manhandled for a disagreement between her and her tenant.
“We sent two of our lawyers to go and find out and we discovered that the Police naked the first daughter of the widow. They were beatings her. Our lawyers intervened but they didn’t listen to him.
I called the DPO who said because am involved, he is going to set the widow free. He still detained the two girls.
What actually is the offence, he(DPO) said that they locked their gate against a tenant who they say was owing four months rent.
I said you don’t have to eject a tenant like that but that is not a criminal offence.
I’m not interested in ruining anybody’s career but we must send a good message. This Buhari administration is Democratic. People should learn to observe the rule of law. The rule of law, especially on the rights of an individual, must be held sacrosanct,”
Sir. Irabor disclosed to journalist that a tenant becomes a squatter once a tenant owes up to three months rent, he also revealed that Mercy was beaten until she was unconscious.
Meanwhile, all allegations levelled against the Ekpan Divisional Police Officer, Superintendent Asanayin Ibok, has been denied by him, he said “it’s not true”.
He also noted that the gate was locked against their tenant by the widow and her daughters, stating that such acts could result into misunderstanding between a landlord and a tenant.
He further more revealed that he was absent during the occurance of the ordeal, so he couldn’t have stripped her naked.
According to a chat CP Hafiz Inuwa, the Delta State Commissioner of Police had with journalist, he assured them of SP Ibok noninvolvement in the incident.
He said “It was not even the DPO because when it happened, the DPO was not even there.
As I am speaking with you, this is the second time a Journalist is calling me before this one. The other first introduced himself. Initially, he wanted to even get across to me because of what one human rights person alleged.
“But when he could not get me, he just made his enquiry and discovered that it was not even true because the DPO even told him that he was not there at the station when the matter was reported.
As I am talking to you now, we did not record anything like this,” CP Inuwa insisted.
As compiled by Jaja Otokini
And editted by Knight Fredel
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