Friday, March 19, 2021

Drama as Police legal officer tells panel that if he had slapped a petitioner 'he wouldn't have woken up for three days'

The Legal Officer of Nigerian Police, Mr Francis Osie on Friday at the sitting of Osun State Panel of Inquiry investigating police brutality and extrajudicial killings allegedly threatened to slap a petitioner’s lawyer, Barrister Kayode Adebisi.

The drama happened when the petitioner’s counsel, Barr Kayode Adebisi was cross-examining a police Inspector, named Muritala Alayande in a case where a businessman, Mr Paul Adeolu, alleged that police aided syndicates who defrauded him N36million to escape justice after being apprehended.

In the petition the businessman submitted before the panel, he alleged that the police collected money from those syndicates, arrested him and tortured him instead of helping him to pursue justice.

Inspector Alayande who was the IPO in the case giving testimony before the court, said, “in December 2016, one Raji Abdulrasheed reported that the petitioner collected N1.8million from him and refused to pay. We arrested the petitioner and he confessed that he was duped by some people from Lagos. We went to Lagos and arrested 5 suspects. One of them was indicted and was charged to court before the petitioner withdrew the matter.”

When the petitioner’s counsel, Barr Kayode Adebisi was cross-examining Inspector Alayande, he alleged that he tortured the petitioner while he was in police custody.

Alayande smiled hysterically, saying, “If I slapped him (petitioner) he will not wake up for three days.”

The statement grieved the panel and he was cautioned.

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