ABEOKUTA-An assistant superintendent of police attached to the Adigbe Police Station in Ogun State, Emmanuel Ogunlesi has inflicted a life-threatening injuries on the head of a 25-year-old student of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Peter Taiwo.
Taiwo, a Higher National Diploma 1 student of Computer Science was allegedly attacked by Ogunlesi at about 11:00pm last Thursday at Olatidoye Street in the Oluwo area of the state capital.
When our correspondent visited him on his sick bed at the hospital on Monday afternoon, the victim who looked emaciated was in a state of near-coma. He could neither open his eyes nor utter any word .
He was also so weak that he almost fell off a chair when attempts were made to sit him up. According an witness, Kehinde Bello said Ogunlesi came to the student- dominated area on a motorcycle in company of another policeman and had earlier beaten two female students in the area with his baton on their buttocks and breasts before they escaped.
Bello further alleged that the police officer accosted Taiwo while in pursuit of the two female students who had taken to their heels, following the beatings they received from him.
Another witness alleged that Ogunlesi and his colleague however turned their attention to Taiwo who they pursued into his residence where he caught up with the fleeing student and allegedly dealt on him several blows on the head with his baton. The policeman was said to have left the student unconscious in a pool of blood and escaped from the scene along with his colleague who rode the motorcycle.
Reacting to the incident, the Acting Police Public Relations Officer for the Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi told our correspondent that the police officer involved had already been summoned to the Eleweran headquarters of the Command and was currently undergoing interrogation.
Oyeyemi disclosed that the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali has also ordered a comprehensive investigation of the incident. He added that the police high command in the state would not condone any form of violation of human rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, the state Chairman of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Mr. Olayinka Folarin said that the CDHR would employ all legal means to ensure that justice was done concerning the matter. Folarin also condemned alleged brutality by police officers against innocent citizens.