Police Apprehend Three Officers For Assaulting Man Who Refused to Unlock His Phone

The three policemen who were caught on video assaulting a young man in Enugu State have been arrested.

The arrest is following the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu.

The victim was identified as Justice Obasi in the video uploaded on Twitter, shared by a user, @onyezeme, on Saturday. Obasi was seen manhandled by three armed police officers.

According to the Twitter user, Obasi was manhandled for refusing to be searched and unlocking his phone.

“They labeled the boy fraudster (yahoo boy) without any evidence,” the tweet read.

This video, which elicited outrage forced the police to react on Sunday morning, saying the IGP had ordered an investigation into uncovering the identities of the policemen.

The Nigeria Police Force, through its verified handle @policeNG, on Sunday, had promised to bring the erring policemen to book as the IGP condemns all forms of brutality and abuse of human rights.

“The Force PRO is already personally in touch with the victim. Members of the public are implored to be calm as the Force remains committed to protecting and upholding the rights of all Nigerians,” the police Twitter handle has read in the morning.

Later in the day, the Police, via the same means confirmed their arrest via a follow-up tweet.

Not disclosing the identities of the policemen, the tweet reads, “Following the directives of the IGP, the Enugu State Police Command has since identified, traced and arrested the three policemen involved in the assault of citizen – Justice Obasi.

“The policemen are currently in custody pending the commencement of their Orderly Room Trial – an internal disciplinary procedure of the Force.

“As we begin the new year, IGP M.A Adamu wishes to restate his zero tolerance for the abuse of the rights of Nigerians and his commitment to running a Citizens’ Friendly and Rule of Law compliant Police Force.

“He further assures that citizen Justice Obasi will certainly get justice in this case.”

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