Reports say 50-year-old widow has been beaten to death by some police officers attached to the Ondo State Police Command. This is another case of Police brutality.
A woman identified as Mrs Aderonke Eze has been beaten to death by Police officers in Akure. Mrs Eze, the victim of police brutality, is accused of resisting entrance of officers into her apartment for an illegal search. She was then allegedly beaten to death in her home. The deceased allegedly ran a mini beer palour close to her house in Akure, Ondo State.
Reports also have it that she was killed by unrepentant policemen using a gun butt. Her body was dumped at the general hospital’s morgue in Akure by the police officers numbering about seven.
A source disclosed that the police officers stormed the street at about 6:45 pm on Sunday in a Hilux van marked NPF 4236 B from the Oda Divisional Station and were purportedly carrying out an illegal house check with an aggressive search of all residential apartments on the street. A resident lamented that they were always going through this kind of “police brutality on a regular basis”.
According to the source, the policemen visited the street often to nab young boys suspected to be smoking marijuana, or Indian hemp.
Mr Ibrahim Adegunle, one of the residents of Akinyemi Street, off Ijoka road, where the incident occurred, disclosed that;
During the process of the argument, she demanded to know what exactly was going on and she was told that some people in the street are selling contraband items, mostly marijuana, to the youths in the street.
The residents claimed that Mrs Eze resisted the police from entering her business place before she was highly beaten by the police.
The woman made several [moves in] resistance but she was again beaten and wounded with [the] gun butt while she fell on the floor of the passage, lying unconscious, and stopped breathing.
The officers immediately fled the street in their van and refused to make any arrest, sensing they [had] killed the woman.
Angry residents have taken to the streets to protest against the killing of the 50-year-old widow. This is just one of the many cases of police brutality in Nigeria and around the world.