Panel Summons Dolapo Badmus, Ex-Lagos PPRO, Over ‘Brutalised’ Petitioner

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Dolapo Badmus, public relations officer Lagos, has been summoned by the Lagos state judicial panel to identify a officer allegedly brutalised Olajide Fowotade, a petitioner.

The panel, which set up by the to probe brutality and other related matters, on Saturday, ordered that Badmus, is a chief superintendent of (CSP), be served summons through Joseph Eboseremen, counsel, to identify “Sergeant Ayo” allegedly brutalised the petitioner a traffic along Ketu-Ikosi road while he returning from workplace 2017.

In first appearance, Fowotade, a 60-year-old building contractor, alleged that one Sergeant Ayo from Ketu brutalised him on March 11, 2017, during a traffic along Ketu-Ikosi road, which caused him injuries, including the loss of two teeth.

The petitioner told the panel that he did know the surname of the police officer brutalised him but could only identified him as “Ayo” from Ketu .

Fowotade said Badmus, the spokesperson, knows the name of the sergeant and can identify him because he called by Badmus that the police authorities were interested in the case.

The petitioner said Badmus got to know about alleged maltreatment when two newspapers published it on March 14, 2017.

“I was called from Zone 2 by Dolapo Badmus, the spokesperson. When I got to her office, she asked me what happened and I explained. She said I should go and that they will call me back,” he told the panel.

“Four days later, they called me back, that AIG wants to see me, Kayode Aderanti was the AIG zone 2. The DPO brought the two officers and explained to the AIG. A panel was set up but I did hear from them for months.”

On Saturday, the petition took another dimension when Joseph Eboseremen, police counsel, brought one Ayodele Odudu, a police inspector, to testify before the panel on his involvement in the alleged brutality of the petitioner.

Testifying before the panel, Odudu narrated how he was enlisted to the force on June 1, 2001, and the various police commands and formations he had been deployed to serve, adding that he has never been deployed to Ketu police division.

When asked by Eboseremen if he knows the petitioner, the police inspector said no.

Reacting to the testimony of the police inspector, Fowotade said Odudu was the police officer who brutalised him, adding that the sergeant Ayo who brutalised him is dark-complexioned, unlike the police inspector who came to testify before the panel.

The petitioner said that even though he cannot state the full name of the said police officer, the public relations officer for zone 2 can identify the police officer, adding that he mentioned Badmus in his petition.

Responding, Emmanuel Eze, police counsel, said the police legal was unable to reach the accused officer.

“The petitioner did not mention the surname of Ayo. We could not trace the name to zone 2 where he claimed to have reported the incident. We could not make headway,” Eze told the panel.

“We need to get the case file of Ayo and his contact. We are constrained to ask for an adjournment because we are without the Ayo or the case file.”

Doris Okuwobi, chairperson of the panel, said the summons should be served on Badmus and that the police counsel should ensure that the summons get to her.

Further hearing on the case was adjourned till January 15, 2021.