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Saturday 15 October 2016

Side Mirror Broken, Phone Smashed & More: Student Narrates Police Brutality at Yaba, Lagos (Photos)

In yet another shocking revelation shared on social media, a University of Lagos has narrated with photos of police brutality and his bitter ordeal in the hands of police in the Yaba area of Lagos. Below is how a student who posted the photos above, narrated his bitter ordeal in the hands of operatives of the Lagos State Police in a popular online platform;
"I am a student of university of lagos and I am presently writing my second semester examination. I finished my examination for the day and was heading for my classmate's house in onike sabo at about 1:40pm when I was pulled over by two police men around Adeshina street in onike. 

"I stopped as I was requested to. They came down from their motorcycle and asked me where I was going and I explained myself to them, next thing I was asked for money for the weekend and I told them I didn't have any money. 

"They then told me that they wanted to search my car, hoping that will scare me all because I didn't oblige to give them money. I wasn't asked for my license or car papers which I expected them to. 

"So I asked them for a means of identification as I figured the motorcycle did not have a plate number  and I wanted to be sure if they were really police men. They said they wanted to enter the car with me. Not being able to identify themselves I refused.

"They told me since I wasn't willing to cooperate I would be delayed. I still wasn't told my offense, not giving money as they requested for or not opening the vehicle for unidentifiable policemen to come in. 

"After a while one of them told me to move, I started the car and he used his gun to break my side mirror. I pulled over to challenge him, and he told me the money I refused to give them I should use it to fix my car mirror. 

"I brought out my phone took his picture and told him I would take it up. He told me he would use his gun and seize my phone. He dragged my phone and in the process my phone screen cracked. 

"I challenged him and was calling the attention of people around. They noticed people  around started coming, and they quickly started their motorcycle and zoomed off, leaving me with a broken side mirror and a cracked phone screen. 

"Refusing to identify their division or produce their ID cards, but fighting back to make sure they get the pix I took, deleted, or take away my phone, indicates that they were doing an illegal work."

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