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Man detained, tortured for ‘mistakenly’ hitting police officer in Edo



A police officer named Beatrice Amowie has allegedly tortured and inflicted critical accidents on a suspect, Mr. Vincent Omosigho Erawuyi, a 37-year-old cab driver who was detained in the cell in Benin City.

Omosigho stated he had encountered Amowie, a Police Inspector connected to Etete Police station, Benin, at Limit Junction the place he went to apologise to an officer he had offended for not stopping when he was requested to pullover.

He added that unknown to him, the officer was not on responsibility however unknowningly apologed to the improper officer (Amowie) who he stated was on responsibility on the junction and reportedly punched him.

Omosigho who was groaning in ache whereas talking to newsmen, stated in his bid to flee from officer Amowie, his proper hand mistakenly hit her on her chick which led to his arrest and detention.


“I was stopped by a police officer on the 9th of June at Limit Junction. The officer stopped me and was about damaging my sidemirror so I zoomed off. But because it is my regular route, and knowing well that I had wronged the officer, I went there to beg, honestly speaking, I never knew it was the wrong person I was apologising to. As I was apologising for my wrongdoing the previous day, she held me tight on my neck with my shirt and started punching me. And on my bid to escape, my hand mistakenly hits her on the chick and she arrested me and took me to Etete Police station.”

According to him; “I used to be detained in the cell for greater than every week earlier than I used to be charged to courtroom however throughout this era, the police denied my household entry to me.

Omosigho added that in the course of his trial in the courtroom, he was granted bail however he was unable to fulfill the bail situations which warranted his return to the cell.

He famous that, on attending to the cell after few days, the Inspector handcuffed him, tortured him and hit him with the butt of her gun on his legs (under his knees) thereby inflicting critical accidents on his legs significantly his left leg.


He famous that after the torture, he was nonetheless detained in the cell for over two weeks with no medical therapy, including that the Inspector vowed that he was going to die in cell whereas they denied his members of the family to see him.

When contacted on telephone, police spokesperson in Edo State, SP Bello Kontongs, stated he was conscious of the incident, including that he had obtained a number of calls from activists on the incident however the sufferer must be accompanied by these calling for justice in the incident to the command headquarters or zone 5 so the matter might be handled.

“I’ve obtained a number of calls from journalists and activists on the matter however the recommendation I’ve been giving is that they need to convey the sufferer to the command headquarters or zone 5 headquarters to allow them to correctly lodge their grievance and we comply with it up.

“The station concerned is just a divisional police headquarters so it is not higher than the state command or zone 5. When we receive the complaint formally, we will handle it,” he stated.


Man detained, tortured for ‘mistakenly’ hitting police officer in Edo

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