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Rivers Police detain 3 officers for assaulting man

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Two police officers in Rivers State have been caught in a video assaulting motorists along a major road in the state.

One of the officers, armed with an AK-47 rifle, could be seen slapping the motorist – a man dressed in white.

The officer was heard speaking in pidgin English, dishing commands to the man. “Waka de go”, he shouted. The man responded: “I thief?” apparently asking the officer what he did wrong that warranted the assault.

The police officer, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, had started by beating the man with a stick.

A woman, apparently the wife of the assaulted man, could be heard telling the man, “Come, let’s go”. Another armed officer could be seen pushing the woman inside the car.

The Police have arrested three officers seen in the viral video assaulting an unidentified man in Rivers State.

The incident took place at Port Harcourt East-West Road, Emouha Junction.

The state Commissioner of Police, Okon Effiong had earlier ordered the arrest of the policemen.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Chief Superintendent Olumuyiwa Adejobi also condemned the action of the officers.

Giving an update Monday evening, Adejobi said: “These men have been arrested, and their commander will personally bring them to the Force Headquarters tomorrow Tuesday for further actions.

“They are three in number, attached to RRS (Rapid Response Squad), Rivers State. Their action does not portray the police in a good light at all.

“It is still to buttress my point that whatever a policeman does is personal, not systemic.

“I wonder how a man, a reasonable man, would be flogging or slapping a grown-up man in that manner. So barbaric and unpolice”.

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