EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT WOMAN DETAINED FOR THREE DAYS OVER INABILITY TO PAY N200, 000 FOR BAIL IN BENIN CITY:

EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT WOMAN DETAINED FOR THREE DAYS OVER INABILITY TO PAY N200, 000 FOR BAIL IN BENIN CITY:

…detained for buying N2, 000 worth of allegedly stolen weave-on hair attachment.

It was like the usual thing for women to buy stuffs brought to them in the salon until the purchase of a weave-on by one Mrs. Queen (surname withheld) landed her in police net and subsequently spending three days in detention for her inability for her to raise the sum of N200, 000 as demanded by the IPO to secure her bail.

On the faithful day, she had gone to a beauty salon to fix her hair when a marketer of weave-on attachment brought her wares for would-be buyers in the salon. She bought N2, 000 worth of it and fixed immediately, only to be arrested by police officers from Area Command office along Sapele Road afterwards for the purchase of stolen goods. The seller and owner of the salon were arrested also as part of their investigation.

The most intriguing part of the episode is that, the seller and the salon owner were granted bail having parted with some money to the police. The police continued to hold the heavily pregnant woman in their detention for three days because she couldn’t afford the N200, 000 demanded, which is also against the provisions of the Nigerian constitution and the Administration of Criminal Justice of Edo state.

It took the intervention of the Coordinator General of Edo Civil Society Organisations, Leftist Omobude Agho and some comrades to secure her release not without so much difficulties from the IPO who was adamant and boastful of becoming a law to himself. She was eventually released in the night after spending three good days in detention.

It should be noted that, this is one among the many unprofessional conducts by police officers in Edo state with no or little supervision by their senior officers who are expected to superintendent over them.

EDOCSO will stop at nothing but to ensure such abuse of human rights by police officers in Edo state are nipped in the buds and police officers found culpable will be dealt with in line with the Police Act and Regulations.

Leftist Osazee Edigin
Public Relations Officer
Edo Civil Society Organisations
www.edocso.org

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