In a disturbing viral video that surfaced online, three police officers were caught on camera brutally assaulting a man and his wife in Rivers state, Nigeria. The video showed one of the officers repeatedly flogging the man with a cane after they were pulled over at Emuoha Junction on East-West Road.
The video sparked outrage across the country, with many calling for the immediate arrest of the police officers involved. The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba-Alkali, also weighed in on the matter, directing the Rivers State Police Commissioner, CP Okon Effiong, to fish out the officers seen in the video.
Following the directive, the Nigeria Police Force has arrested the three officers involved in the incident. The arrested officers are expected to be brought to the Force Headquarters for further action.
The video of the assault has raised concerns about police brutality and the need for police officers to be held accountable for their actions. In recent years, there have been numerous cases of police brutality and extrajudicial killings in Nigeria, leading to calls for police reforms.
The Nigerian government has taken steps to address the issue, including the creation of a Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in 1992 to combat violent crime. However, the unit has been accused of numerous cases of human rights abuses, including torture, extrajudicial killings, and extortion.
The government has since disbanded the unit and replaced it with the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. However, many Nigerians are still skeptical about the effectiveness of the new unit and the government’s commitment to police reforms.
The arrest of the three police officers involved in the assault is a step in the right direction. It sends a strong message that police brutality will not be tolerated in Nigeria. However, there is still a long way to go in ensuring that police officers are held accountable for their actions, and police reforms are implemented to address the root causes of the problem.