@csrf
Officers of the Ipaja Police Division, Lagos State, have arrested Olayinka Lewis, an Ekiti State University student, because he could not provide a means of identification Police Station

06.09.2022 Featured Lagos Police Torture EKSU Student Who ‘Committed No Crime’

Published 6th Sep, 2022

By Joseph Adeiye

Officers of the Ipaja Police Division, Lagos State, have arrested Olayinka Lewis, an Ekiti State University (EKSU) student, because he could not provide a means of identification.

The police arrested Lewis around Baruwa, in the Ipaja area of Lagos. Lewis was in an e-hailing ride with Opeyemi, his partner, when the police officers stopped their car and asked for an identification card.

“We were going out in an Uber ride when the police officers stopped us around Baruwa Inside, just after Ayobo in Ipaja. They asked Olayinka (Lewis) to identify himself,” Opeyemi narrated.

“He (Lewis) did not have his ID card on him, but he told them that he was a student. They did not find anything incriminating on him, but they insisted on taking him to the station.”

READ ALSO: Two Brothers Arrested, Extorted by Same Police Officers at Different Times

Opeyemi said she followed the police officers to the Ipaja Divisional Police Station but they refused to let her in because she was with a phone. She said the officers tortured Lewis to get him to confess to any crime.

Oluwa Tobi, Lewis’ brother, called the attention of the police to this arrest through a tweet on Tuesday morning, and Muyiwa Adejobi, the police public relations officer, asked for evidence of Lewis’ arrest.

Adejobi’s response

READ ALSO: In Lagos, Police Officers Take N120,000 From Thespian Amid Slaps

CSP Tokunbo Abaniwonda, the Ipaja Divisional Police Officer, told Tobi that he misrepresented what happened in his tweet. She said that the police did not plan to detain Lewis but needed time to decide what to do next.

“The DPO called me and told me he (Lewis) admitted to being a Yahoo Boy. She said that that was ‘by the way,'” Tobi told FIJ.

“The DPO told me that the officers stopped Lewis and asked him to provide a means of identification and he said that he didn’t have any. She said that he was unable to remember his login details and the officers were impatient. They did not want to stand around just to log into an online portal on the road. The DPO said that the law allows police officers to use maximum force to arrest anyone or take anyone into their vehicle.”

When FIJ called Abaniwonda, she was in a meeting on Lewis’ arrest. Her personal assistant told FIJ that the officers were not trying to extort money from Lewis.

“The officers asked for the young man’s identification and he had nothing on him. He told the officers that he was a student of Ekiti State University (EKSU) but could not produce an ID card,” Abaniwonda’s assistant said.

“The young man told the officers that he recently gained admission to the university so his name could be found on the university’s online students’ portal. Our men took him to the police station so that they could check the students’ portal to confirm his identity.”

Published 6th Sep, 2022

By Joseph Adeiye

Advertisement

Our Stories

Lagos Police Extort N5,000 From Motorists Over Car Documents

Fredrick Nwabufo, Former Deputy Editor of TheCable, Launches TheLink News

President Buhari

I Will Do Whatever It Takes to Protect My People, Akeredolu Replies Buhari

First Bank

Student Misses Test Over First Bank’s Failure to Release Her N50,000 Tuition

Dele Ologbosere

Dele Ologbosere, US-Based Nigerian, ‘Defrauds’ Lagos Car Dealer of $750

Ecobank

Weeks After Failed Transaction, Ecobank Still Holds Customer’s N20,000

Hammed Bashir with family and friends

Blogger Detained by DSS Over Dapo Abiodun Story Regains Freedom After 5 Months

Abidemi Rufai

Rufai Abidemi, Dapo Abiodun’s Ex-Aide, Jailed for Wire Fraud in the US

Police Officers

Imo Policemen ‘Kidnap’ Man Who Greeted Them With a Smile

Charles Lambert

Uganda’s Charles Lambert Refused to Pay Nigerian Investor — Then Tries to Bribe and Shut FIJ Up

Advertisement