Two sisters, Mercy, 28 and 19-year-old Lucy Okoro were allegedly beaten up and stripped by A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Delta state, SP Asanayin Ibok over a landlord/tenancy dispute in Warri on Friday.
The duo and their mother were said to have been arrested afterwards by men of the police from the Ekpan Police Division in Uvwie council area of the state.
It is reported that the issue started when one of the tenants of the Okoros, Andrew Obas, invited the police to their home.
Mercy Okoro said he (Obas) was owing her family three months rent and they had given him until the fourth month after which his failure to pay, forced them to issue him quit notice.
“We gave him four months which elapsed this January, but he refused to pay. We asked him to pack out, instead, he brought armed Policemen.
“They shot sporadically, came to our house and carried my sister, dragging her on the floor and kicking her. I held the Policeman asking him to let my sister go. But the Policeman (DPO) stripped me naked. He pulled the wrapper from my neck, dragged me on the floor and kicked my buttocks.
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“They bundled my sister and I into their patrol van and took us to the Police Station. I never knew it was the DPO at first. He asked if we were the people causing ‘wahala’? So I asked my mother to join us in the cell. That was when he slapped me until I fell on the ground and fainted
“The Policewoman at the counter sprayed teargas into my eyes. I thought I was already blind. At night, he (DPO) and some men came and rained abuses on me,” Mercy recounted in Pidgin.
She further appealed to the Nigerian government, human rights organization, as well as the international community to take up the matter and ensure “justice” is served.