Two women have been beaten to a pulp by the men of the Ogun State Police Command attached to the Lafenwa Division in Abeokuta, the state capital.
The video of the women, which was posted on www.nairaland.com on Thursday, showed the bloodied face of one of the women.
The women, whose names were not known as of the time of filing this report, were in tears as they accused the policemen of assaulting them for no just cause.
According to nairaland, the incident occurred on Thursday last week while the women, who are traders, were coming from a market in the area.
According to the report, instead of the Divisional Police Officer to investigate the matter and take appropriate action, he allegedly tried to sweep it under the carpet by giving the women N3,000 to go and take care of themselves.
In the 37-second video, the women narrated their ordeal in the hands of the policemen, claiming that they were slapped, dragged on the ground and brutalised.
One of them, who spoke in Yoruba, said, “I told the DPO that I was looking for a means of livelihood; that was why i was outside early in the morning when the incident happened. I am a widow and my children must eat. When would I go to market if not early in the morning
The police have, however, denied the allegation, describing the incident as “a case of an accident and not an intentional assault.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the incident happened when the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, was not around.
He noted that the matter had been attended to by three deputy commissioners of police, adding that the police officers had appealed to the women despite the fact that the uniform of one of the policemen was torn by the women.
Oyeyemi added, “The following day, the incident was reported to the state headquarters and three deputy commissioners of police summoned the DPO and ordered him to bring the women and members of the team to them.
“The DC in charge of operations, Edward Ajogun; the DC in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, Aminu Al-Hassan; and the DC in charge of administration, Wale Olokode, contributed N40,000 and gave each of them N20,000 to take care of themselves.