Lagos State Police Command has announced the arrest of one Victor Ebhomenyen for driving against traffic, assaulting and causing severe bodily injuries on an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Erhator Sunday.
The incident between the 33-year-old man and the police officer attached to the Rapid Response Squad of the Command was captured in a video that went viral on social media.
In the viral video, the driver and an accomplice were seen pushing the officer while attempting to shove him to the ground.
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Sunday, revealed that Ebhomenyen was arrested at Four Points Hotel, Oniru, Victoria Island, saying the officers displayed professionalism by not reacting.
He revealed that that Ebhomenyen has been detained at the state criminal investigation department (SCID), Panti.
The Command has deemed it necessary and responsible to react and set the record straight on the incident that was captured in a video that went viral on the social media on Saturday, 17th April, 2021.
At about 10:30 am, one ASP Erhator Sunday, m, and team attached to the Rapid Response Squad of the Command, who were on a convoy movement to drop off policemen at their various beats across the state blocked and stopped a white Hyundai SUV, MUS 251 EH facing the convoy on ‘one way’, driven by the suspect, Victor, at Four Point Hotel, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos State.
When the police stopped the vehicle, the occupants, one Victor Ebhomenye and Etinosa Obaywana, angrily came down, confronted and violently assaulted ASP Erhator Sunday, inflicting severe bodily injuries on him.
The Officer, who was armed with his official Ak 47 riffle, displayed a high level of professionalism amidst fierce provocations by resisting the temptation of using his rifle on the suspect.
Adejobi noted that efforts are being made to arrest the accomplice identified as Etinosa, adding that the vehicle has been impounded and taken to Lagos state task force office, Oshodi, for an appropriate penalty.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has commended the police personnel for their act of maturity, self-control, perseverance and professionalism in managing the “drama” created by the suspect; and tactical due enforcement of law and order without any infringement on the suspect’s or any person’s human rights during the saga.
CP Odumosu, therefore, advised police personnel in the command to emulate the act of professionalism, maturity and perseverance displayed by the assaulted officer and his colleagues despite series of provocations exhibited by the suspects and his fleeing accomplice at the scene.
The Police boss, however, warned against any violence or attack on the police and other security operatives in the state as such will be professionally resisted and erring individuals will be dealt with according to the provisions of the law.
Watch the viral video of the incident below;
Bribe-seeking police officer reportedly assaults driver and female eyewitness in VI, Lagos pic.twitter.com/GiVsWVIf7L
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