A widow, Mrs Adebukola Mowette, has alleged that a Police officer, simply identified as Egi, attached to the Bariga Police Station asked her for sex to grant her bail.
It was gathered that the issue started in May 2018 when the woman reported the loss of her phone at the station.
According to Nation, she claimed that she placed her phone on a roadside betting kiosk where some youngsters sat in order to tie her wrapper properly. She said when she was done, she did not find the phone again. “They said they did not see my phone and so, I had to go to the police to report. They were invited but at the end of the day, the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) said I accused them wrongly and asked us to go.
“From that day, whenever I passed, they would be threatening me and making snide remarks. I never replied them. I even reported the matter to our Community Development Association (CDA). But on June 25, my son came from Ikorodu and they stopped him on the road and threatened him as well. They said they would kill us if we did not leave the street for them.”
She narrated further that: “There was no way I would allow them threaten my son and so, I went out and confronted that particular area boy. He pushed me. I also pushed him back. We started fighting; people separated us and I left. The next thing, police came and arrested me that I have injured him and that he could not walk again. They took me to the station and locked me up inside the cell.
The woman revealed further that events took another turn when she rebuffed Egi’s love advances, claiming that the policeman told her she was in for a hard time.
“I told him I will not sleep with him even if he was the last man on earth. This got him angry and he started pouring water through those holes and said he would pour urine too. After some hours, he brought me out that I should come and write my statement. I told him I will not write anything because I do not know what he wanted me to write.
“He then pressed my breasts and said is this what you are doing Shakara with? Do you know how many young and beautiful women I have slept with here? I will even be doing you a favour by sleeping with you. Since you have refused, you will go to prison. There, they will shave the hair in your private parts, your hair and lock you up for many years.”
Speaking further, she said: “The worst part was that a policewoman and another policeman were telling me to agree to sleep with Egi that it is a normal thing. I was so angry and disappointed at the same time. The woman called me Iyawo Egi and said that if I should agree, they will just close the case and I will go home.
“He forced me to say my statement. I did not write it. I was just talking and he was writing. He did not let me see what he wrote. He asked the guy if he’s ready to go to court but he said no that he wanted settlement and that I should pay N40,000 he used to treat himself.
“Egi now said I should pay the money or I will be sent to Kirikiri Prison. Out of fear, I accepted to pay the money and they said I had to provide it that day. I told them I did not have it that day. I even went to beg the Divisional Police Officer (DCO) but he shouted at me and said I should go and settle with Egi my IPO.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal in a response to the development directed the Gender Unit to conduct a discreet investigation into the case.
According to the Police boss who restated his intolerance for misconduct or any action capable of smearing the police, the matter would not be swept under the carpet.
“Please, always bring matters like these to my attention. I assure you it will be investigated, the truth established and actions taken,” he said.
The Nation however reports that the parties involved have made statements and asked to return on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.