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Police Brutalise, Snatch N50, 000 From Imo Monarch’s Son In Lagos

Posted: Sep 29, 2015 at 3:38 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom, Lagos

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has promised to investigate the alleged arrest, torture and detention of Kelvin Ekeh, an intern with Daily Independent, by police detectives attached to Area C Command at Yaba Bus-stop in Lagos.

Kelvin, who is a son of Eze George Ekeh, the traditional ruler of Ubomiri Clan in Imo State, was arrested, searched and his phones seized by plain clothes police officers, on Monday, September 28, 2015, while going for shopping at Tejuosho market in Yaba, Lagos, as part of his preparation to resume at the Redeemers University.

Speaking on his ordeals in the hands of the police officers, Kelvin disclosed that on reaching the bus-stop, the officers appeared from nowhere and flashed their identification cards before his face, claiming that they were from Area C Police Command in Surulere, Lagos.

His words: “I was stripped naked, slapped several times, while my phone was seized and I was eventually detained for hours, before I was forced under duress to write a statement, before I was released.”

The young man also alleged that N50,000 cash which his father sent to him for the shopping was collected from him by the officers, before he regained his freedom.

The police officers did not however disclose any offence allegedly committed by Kevin.

A source at Area C Police Command, in Surulere, Lagos, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday that Nwanne Uba, a police officer serving at the command, was one of the plain clothes detectives detailed to keep security in check at the bus-stop on that fateful day.

However, a reply by IGP Arase to a text message sent to him on Monday night by our correspondent on the incident read in part: “We will investigate please,” even as the father of the boy is said to be deeply worried over the incident.