Thursday, January 28, 2021

Police officers arrested for flogging people, including women in Imo state

The police in Imo State said some of their officers have been arrested for allegedly assaulting five people.

The assault, captured in a video posted on Twitter and Facebook, showed the officers flogging the victims, at least two of them women, at a road junction in Orlu, the second largest city after Owerri, in Imo.

Orlu made headlines recently because of a deadly military operation in the city caused by a clash between Nigerian soldiers and some youth believed to be members of the Eastern Security Network, an indigenous security outfit in South-east Nigeria.

The police spokesperson in Imo State, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the arrest of the officers in a statement on Thursday.

The statement, however, did not mention how many officers were arrested, their identity or ranks.

Mr Ikeokwu, a superintendent of police, said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Nasiru Mohammed, described the action of the officers as “inhuman”, unprofessional and unacceptable.