A Nigerian activist, Harrison Gwamnishu who is the Director General of a non-governmental organisation, Behind Bars Initiative (BBI), which provides free legal service to prisoners and victims of human rights abuse, was reportedly arrested and brutalized by Divisional Police Officer, DPO C Division, CSP Eyoh Anietie for reportedly causing his transfer.
While there is a clip of the 29-year-old crying out for help from a police cell while being brutalised by the DPO, the Delta state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Mustapha, said he assaulted the Divisional Police Officer, DPO C Division, CSP Eyoh Anietie.
Facebook user Gracious Ihunwo, who was also brutalized for recording the video, said;
“Policemen, led by CSP Eyoh of Head Bridge, C Division, beat up the DG and three of our members in the station. We went for an intervention and they did not even allow him to talk,” she said in a post on the Facebook page of the group on Saturday.
“A lady came to meet us that her brother was arrested by the police during a raid on their area. So, my boss (Gwamnishu), I and three others, went to the police station to know if the offence was bailable.
“We never knew that the DPO at the station was the one involved in the torture and death of a 17-year-old boy in Warri. My boss handled the case; the DPO was transferred to Asaba over the incident.
“My boss and two others went into the station. I was not allowed to go inside. When we got to the station, the DPO saw my boss and said, ‘You, Harrison, again?” Immediately, he slapped my boss. As he was crying and begging for help, I made a video of the incident as evidence because I knew they would deny it. The Divisional Crime Officer came out, slapped me and called me a bastard. The DCO attempted to take my phone, but I refused.
“Now, the DPO is pretending by going to a hospital and lying that my boss beat him up. That was the lie he sold to the CP. How can a civilian walk into the office of a DPO to beat him up?”
However the State Police Commissioner, Gwamnishu said the activist would be arraigned on Monday for assaulting the DPO and the DCO.
“We are arraigning him tomorrow (Monday). He tore the clothes of the DPO. He was at the police station for the bail of somebody. So, we are arraigning him for assault. He hit the DCO on the head. He tore the DPO’s uniform in his office” he said.