By Bukola Hameed
A resident of Iwo, State of Osun, Mrs. Tola Azeez, who was assaulted and brutalised by some policemen during the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 said the police authority has not compensated her for the injustice meted out on her.
According to Azeez, the police have continued to disobey the ruling of a Federal High Court that ordered it to pay a sum of N5m as compensation for the inhumane treatment.
The victim took to her twitter handle @fabhally to announce that till date, the Nigeria Police Force has refused to obey the court judgement after some of its officers brutalised her for committing no crime.
It would be recalled that in February 2021, a Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo ruled in Azeez’s favour and directed the police to pay her N5m.
The woman noted that more than two years after the ruling, she has not gotten a dime as compensation, while the police have not deemed fit to tender an apology.
According to her, one of the officers who perpetrated the act is still reportedly working with the police contrary to the claim that he has been dismissed from service.
She wrote: “This is me, you said dealt with? When one of the police officers involved still works as Nigerian police? When the awarded damage is yet to be paid? When I am still here suffering from the outcome of that incident? No, I don’t think so……until the full execution of the judgement.
“This is me. Nigerians you raised your voice for me then. Till now, I didn’t get a dime from the Nigerian police.
“The (sic) refused to obey the rule of law. Even after the court pronounced it in judgement that they should pay me damages worth of 5million naira, they have refused.”
Azeez further added, “I believed they were dismissed as I attended the process until this morning when I heard one of them still works for @PoliceNG.”
The 2020 video of her brutalisation resurfaced on social media platforms amidst the trial of Nigerian artiste, Seun Kuti, who is being prosecuted for allegedly slapping a police officer on uniform.
Nigerians have been calling out the police authority to rise to the persistent inhuman treatment being meted out on innocent citizens by the police.
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