A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Delta state, SP Asanayin Ibok, allegedly beat up and stripped two sisters, Mercy, 28 and 19-year-old Lucy Okoro, naked over a landlord/tenancy dispute in Warri on Friday.
SP Ibok who heads the Ekpan Police Division in Uvwie council area of the state was said to have arrested the duo and their widowed mother, Mrs. Lucy Okoro, afterwards.
Speaking with newsmen on Monday, the 28-year-old claimed that one of their tenants, Andrew Obas, had invited the police to their home.
She said he (Obas) was owing her family three months rent and they had given him until the fourth month after which his failure to pay, forced them to issue him quit notice.
“We gave him four months which elapsed this January, but he refused to pay. We asked him to pack out, instead, he brought armed Policemen.
“They shot sporadically, came to our house and carried my sister, dragging her on the floor and kicking her. I held the Policeman asking him to let my sister go. But the Policeman (DPO) stripped me naked. He pulled the wrapper from my neck, dragged me on the floor and kicked my buttocks.
“They bundled my sister and I into their patrol van and took us to the Police Station. I never knew it was the DPO at first. He asked if we were the people causing ‘wahala’? So I asked my mother to join us in the cell. That was when he slapped me until I fell on the ground and fainted
“The Policewoman at the counter sprayed teargas into my eyes. I thought I was already blind. At night, he (DPO) and some men came and rained abuses on me,” Mercy recounted in Pidgin.
She further appealed to the Nigerian government, human rights organization, as well as the international community to take up the matter and ensure “justice” is served.
Adding her voice to her daughter’s call for justice, the widow called on government and well-meaning individuals to come to their aid and expose the oppressive act of the Police.