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Published On: Tue, Jul 9th, 2019

Assault: CSOs backpedal on mass action against police in Edo

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Members of Edo Civil society Organizations, EDCSOs have suspended a mass action against authorities of the Nigeria Police, over the controversy surrounding the brutal assault by police personnel of an unarmed Civilian.
Like the misogyny of the past, some policemen attached to the Ekiadolor Divisional headquarters in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the State, reportedly assaulted a member of the group, Comrade Kelvin Iyare who claimed to have gone to the police station to secure the release of a suspect over a week ago.
He was accused of pushing police to the brink of exhaustion for attempting to secure the release of the suspect free of charge, a character reminiscence of a ferocious temper of a bear. But, investigation by witnesses suggest otherwise.
In a spontaneous reaction, EDCSOs threatened to drag the police hierarchy to court of public opinion after the video footage of the victim of assault at the behest of the DPO (name withheld) was posted on social media.
The footage of the scene obtained from the activist, revealed how the victim wept uncontrollably in pains before suspects in police custody.
But, after conducting a detailed investigation into the incident, the leadership of EDCSO’s back down on the case, claiming that such move was in contrast with the cautious response in handling complaints that bother on national cohesion.
The underlying dilemma has not changed, according to the Spokesman of the group, Comrade Osazee Edigin.
He hinted that “If somebody has offended u and has pleaded with you to say I am sorry. What do u do. Activism is not always to or die.
“Nobody bribed us. Sometimes when u are going to war, you look at the implications.
“There are a lot of things that are at our disposal that we do not bring to public glare because of the threat it will pose to the public. So, we just allow the sleeping dog to lie”, he said.
But, for the young activist who had gone to intervene in a case of two suspects through alternative dispute resolution, ADR, the memorable experience will take a long time for the scar to disappear.
Observers find it difficult to believe if Comrade Kelvin Iyare’s case is not being used as a diversionary tactic to deflect attention away from much more serious problems.

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