Policemen from the Owutu Police Station, near Agric bus stop, Ikorodu, Lagos State, on Tuesday, beat and stripped a man for allegedly refusing to allow them to check his telephone.
The man, who was seen calling on members of the public to rescue him from the policemen, was dragged into a white bus and taken to the station.
Some eyewitnesses berated the policemen’s action, saying there was no law in the country that allowed police officers to run routine checks on people’s telephones.
According to them, what the police have done is totally unacceptable as it is not their duty to search through people’s telephones.
An eyewitness, Olusola Williams, said the police had no rights to halt people’s movements in order to check their phones.
Williams stated that the police’s overbearing attitude had become so commonplace that Nigerians hardly knew their rights of existence.
He stated “It was a horrible sight this afternoon as policemen had the effrontery to strip and assault the man the way they did. His offence was that he did not allow them access to his telephone.”