A Police operative simply identified as Ophedo Chidera, has been apprehended by the Imo State Police Command for allegedly brutalizing a man named Chidiebere Azuatalam at Anara Divisional Police headquarters in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State over N5, 000 bail bribe.
The spokesman of the Police Command, Orlando Ikeokwu, made this disclosure to newsmen on Monday.
Ikeokwu said the victim came to the Police station to seek the bailout of a widow, Akudo Chimezie, who was arrested by the officer earlier on Monday.
The said widow’s bail was put at N10, 000, which the police officer insisted that is the amount he would collect before she can regain her freedom.
News Hub Mag! learnt that the widow later contacted the victim who is her relative to seek her bailout.
The victim told journalists from a hospital bed that Chidera, the officer who beat him asked him to bring N10, 000 as a bribe for the widow’s bailout.
The victim said that he pleaded with the constable to take N5, 000 and release his relative, an appeal that infuriated the cop who pounced on him with heavy blows.
Narrating what happened, the victim said: “When I got to the police station, the IPO asked me to bring N10, 000 before he will give me my aunty on bail. I told him to take N5, 000 because of the window’s pitiable financial condition.”
“He immediately got angry and asked me to leave his presence. I told him to calm down, reminding him that the Inspector General of Police said that bail is free.”
“He immediately pounced on me, using all available weapons on me. He broke my lips, jaw, chins. My eyes were equally affected.”
“He threatened to shoot me and that nothing will happen. It was another police officer who came out from one of the offices that rescued me from him.”
“As I speak to you, my teeth are shaking and I am having huge pains, internally. This is intimidation.”
Ikeokwu told reporters the Command’s Police Complaint Bureau will handle the incident.
He also said the Police officer had been arrested and detained and that disciplinary actions had commenced against him.
He assured the general public that the errant Police man would be dealt with according to law, should he be found guilty of the said offence.