Coronavirus enforcement duty: Police condemn attack on officers in Oyo

Coronavirus enforcement duty: Police condemn attack on officers in Oyo

- Police have commended its officer for his professionalism after he was assaulted by a woman in Eruwa community of Oyo during lockdown enforcement duty

- The officer, Adeyemo Ogunyemi, was seen in a viral video being slapped repeatedly by the woman who was said to have also assaulted two female officers

- Police said since the beginning of lockdown 27 police personnel have suffered a series of attacks, vowing that the woman in question will face the wrath of law

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The Nigeran Police Force (NPF) has condemned the attack on its officer, ASP Adeyemo Ogunyemi, who was seen in a viral video being slapped repeatedly while enforcing lockdown order at Gbolagunte, Okeola area of Eruwa, Ibarapa, Oyo state.

Reacting to the assault in a statement by its public relation officer Frank Mba which was obtained by, the force described the action of the woman as unwarranted and commended Adeyemo for his "uncommon restraint and professionalism in the face of an unprovoked attack."

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In what came as a rude shock on Friday, May 1, a woman, Kehinde Afolake, was seen slapping Ogunyemi, DCO II of Eruwa police division, while attempting to enforce the lockdown directive of Governor Seyi Makinde-led government.

Afolake was said to have also assaulted two female police officers, Inspector Ojola Abiola and Inspector Queen Eguaoje during an attempt to invite her to the police station on Saturday, May 2, over the earlier incident.

Police described the Ewura disturbance as a classic example of "unprovoked, unwarranted and unnecessary attacks faced by police officers in the course of performing their legitimate duties."

Inspector general of police, Muhammed Adamu, was said to have been angered by the incident and assured that the trend will not be tolerated by the force.

"The IGP notes that since the commencement of the COVID-19 enforcement duties, a total of 27 police personnel have suffered series of attacks and assaults from members of the public at different times and different locations.

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"Many of these officers, he reiterates are still in hospitals receiving treatment from the injuries sustained during such attacks.

"These include a female police officer, PC Ngozi Nkem, in Agbor, Delta State who was seriously assaulted when a police team was dispersing a group of persons holding a birthday party in clear disobedience to the social restrictions and distancing orders," part of the statement read.

IGP thoroughly raised an eyebrow on the Eruwa attack and ordered the police commissioner in Oyo state to look into the incident and ensure that justice is done.

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Meanwhile, reported that police said it arrested two officers who were caught in a video assaulting a woman at the Odo Ori Market, Iwo Osun state over alleged breach of lockdown directive.

The force, in a statement released on Saturday, April 18, described the behaviour of the officers as "unwarranted, unnecessary and unjustifiable."

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The police inspector general, Mohammad Adamu, was said to have been angered by the viral video and immediately directed the CP Johnson Kokumo, the commissioner of police in charge of Osun state command where the incident occurred, to get the officers arrested. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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