A policeman, Omolayo Ojo, attached to the Lagos State Governor Monitoring Team (GMT), Ikeja, has been alleged to have assaulted a 64-year-old woman, injuring her son.
The son was allegedly attacked, while trying to stop the policeman from harassing his mother.
The woman and her son, who was preparing for his National Youth Service Corp, went to Idumota Market, Island, to buy some items he would take to the NYSC camp.
Our correspondent also learnt that the aged woman, Bolaji Faleye, and her son, Adejare Faleye, were taken to the Island by a neighbour.
The neighbour dropped them by Adeniji Adele bus stop. Immediately the driver left, the policeman came out from a parked Black Maria, grabbed the woman and ordered her to enter their vehicle.
Recalling the incident, Bolaji said: “To our surprise, the policeman just appeared and held my cloth, trying to force me to enter a Back Maria vehicle. Initially, I didn’t know why he was dragging me, but my son, who was watching, rushed towards the policeman to prevent him from injuring me.
My son asked him what my offence was; and before I knew what was happening, he punched my son and started beating him. It was in that process that he told us that we were not supposed to park at the roundabout. He said we were obstructing traffic.
“While the policeman was still dragging me, my son was on the ground, writhing in pain. His arm had been dislocated. My son then called some traders, who were close to the scene. They came to my rescue. I was able to phone my other children and they rushed to the scene.”
Faleye recounted: “The policeman was not supposed to treat us in that manner. It was not my mother that drove the car. We were only given a ride to the spot. I expected them to go after the driver that dropped us at the junction, not to attack us.
Immediately we alighted from the car, we were about going into the market when he came and grabbed my mother, trying to force her to enter a Black Maria vehicle. I couldn’t stand there watching him harass my mother; that was why I approached him. He pounced on me and broke my arm.”
Faleye further said: “It was my elder brother, who is a medical doctor that came to the scene and rushed me to the Accident and Emergency Centre at the toll gate, where I was admitted. The policeman also seized my three phones. I was shocked that a policeman could be so rude and brutal to an old woman.”