19 Jul 2017

Lagos: Policemen Detained For Chaining Suspect To Generator

Three men of the Nigerian Police Force attached to the Bariga Police Division, Lagos State, have been docked for allegedly chaining a suspect to a generator at the station.

Although the identities of the erring policemen were not disclosed, they were said to be facing orderly room trial for the misconduct.

The police command identified one Samson Agbetoye, aka Goldie, and Babatunde Saka, aka Anger, as the two principal suspects involved in the killing of Rasaq Bello, aka Hamburger, a former treasurer of the state Tricycle Operators Association, a branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

Hamburger was murdered in Sogunle, Oshodi, on May 29 after the council primaries of the All Progressives Congress in the area turned violent.

Suspected robbers were also paraded on Tuesday at the command headquarters in Ikeja along with arms and ammunition recovered from them.

According to PUNCH, the three policemen arrested the unidentified suspect on Sunday in the Bariga area. They reportedly found two Automated Teller Machine cards on him and alleged that one of the cards did not belong to him.

They took the man to the station and handcuffed him to a generator at a corner on the premises.

A source told our correspondent that after inspecting the premises and finding the suspect in chain, the Divisional Police Officer summoned the three policemen.

“They arrested the suspect for being in possession of two ATM cards, one of which does not belong to him. While trying to interrogate him, they became overzealous and handcuffed him to the generator.

“It was the DPO who caught them. They are facing necessary disciplinary action,” the source said.

The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the policemen would be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said, “The attention of the command has been drawn to the conduct of the policemen. They have been identified and are being taken through the normal disciplinary process.

“Also, two principal suspects, one Samson Agbetoye, aka Goldie, and Babatunde Saka, aka Anger, are in custody in connection with the murder of Rasaq Bello, aka Hamburger. The command has got to a reasonable point in the investigation and the suspects will be arraigned for murder.”

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