Nigerian police on Sunday arrested the woman seen in the video below that went viral on social media, slapping a police officer. The incident happened on May 1 at Gbolagunte, Okeola area of Eruwa, Ibarapa, Oyo State, Nigeria.
The woman, a single parent with six children, is identified as Kehinde Afolake, while the identity of the cop she assaulted is Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP and Divisional Crime Officer, Eruwa Police Division, Adeyemo Ogunyemi.
Adeyemi, who displayed an uncommon restraint, was seen in the video enduring 13 slaps, from the woman. He had led a team of policemen to carry out the COVID-19 enforcement duties at the location.
In the video, the woman was seen rough handling Adeyemi and at the same time shouting that the policemen slapped her. As she was explaining to the crowd that gathered, she landed slaps intermittently on the cop’s face, to the astonishment of spectators.
Rather than retaliate, Adeyemi took the assault in his stride and was heard refraining his angry subordinates who attempted to lose him from the woman’s grip, apparently to avoid an escalation of the situation. The woman was alleged to have also bitten a policewoman who went to effect her arrest, the next day. She was eventually whisked to the station.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, commended ASP Ogunyemi for what he described as uncommon restraint and professionalism in the face of the unprovoked attack.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP said, “the officer, like a lamb being led to the slaughter, did not fight back but rather, maintained absolute calm, patience and decorum even as the woman rough handled him and slapped him severally.”
He explained that the woman also assaulted two female police officers.
“The said woman also assaulted two female police officers, Inspr. Ojola Abiola and Inspr. Queen Eguaoje and gave one of the human bites on Saturday, May 2, 2020, during an attempt to invite her to the Police Station for the earlier incident of serious assault on the DCO, the IGP said.
“The Ewura incident thus is a classic example of unprovoked, unwarranted and unnecessary attacks faced by police officers in the course of performing their legitimate duties”, he added. The Police Chief warned that the trend will no longer be tolerated by the Force.
He disclosed that since the beginning of the Coronavirus lockdown enforcement duties, 27 police officers had suffered a series of attacks and assaults from members of the public at different times and different locations.
He said many of these police personnel were still in different hospitals receiving treatment from the injuries sustained during such attacks.
He named one of the victims as PC Ngozi Nkem, in Agbor, Delta State who was seriously assaulted when a police team was dispersing a group of persons holding a birthday party in clear disobedience to the social restrictions and distancing orders.
The IGP said that apart from the attack on police officers, some members of the public have also engaged in attacks on police assets and facilities.
“For example, two police stations and police quarters were attacked and burnt down in Katsina and Abia States, while 15 police vehicles/motorcycles were also damaged,” the statement added.
He, therefore, directed the Commissioner of Police, Oyo Command to carry out a discreet investigation into the Ewura attack on the police officers and ensure that justice was done.
While warning against any unprovoked attack and assault on police officers in the course of their duties, threatening that perpetrators would be made to face the full wrath of the law, he, reiterated that the Force would continue to hold officers accountable and mete out commensurate punishments on any person who violated the rights of the citizens.
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