An Ibadan-based journalist, Mr. Tony Awobode, was reportedly harassed and beaten by a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Ibadan.
DAILY POST has learned that Awobode, who is also JAMZ 100.1FM’s general manager Ibadan, was beaten to astonishment on Sunday at Aleshinloye Junction by Iyaganku’s DPO, CSP Akintunde Oyeniran and his men.
Our correspondent learned on Tuesday that the incident occurred while Awobode was riding an electric bicycle.
He was stopped by the DPO who alleged that his car’s rearview mirror was hit by the e-bike as the JAMZ FM GM attempted to cross towards the Aleshinloye axis.
The victim’s efforts to prove otherwise, even after stopping to see and confirm that there were no marks or signs of rubbing on the side mirror, fell on deaf ears as the attempt only drew slaps and beatings from the boss of the police.
Our correspondent learned that the DPO later called his agents who came to continue the beating before arresting the victim.
It was established that the victim was taken to Iyaganku Police Station, where his cell phone was seized.
The tires of the electric bike were also deflated.
Awobode, who then spoke to his colleagues on Tuesday, lamented that his basic human rights had been violated.
He added that this is despite the fact that the vehicle the DPD was driving was not even scratched let alone damaged.
However, the public relations officer of the State Police Command, Mr. Adewale Osifeso, when contacted, noted that the matter was subsequently brought to his attention.
Osifeso, who said the police commissioner was aware of the incident, however, said he would respond to the incident as soon as possible.
âThis was reported to me lately. They just called me. You would be updated soon,â he said.