DPO allegedly beats up journalist in Ibadan

An Ibadan-based journalist, Mr. Tony Awobode, was allegedly harassed and beaten by a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Ibadan. By

It was gathered that Awobode, who doubles as General Manager of JAMZ 100.1FM, Ibadan, was on Sunday beaten to stupor at Aleshinloye Junction by DPO of Iyaganku, CSP Akintunde Oyeniran, and his men.

It was gathered on Tuesday that the incident occurred when Awobode was riding on a power bike.

He was stopped by the DPO who alleged that his car mirror was hit by the power bike as the JAMZ FM GM was trying to cross towards the Aleshinloye axis.

Efforts by the victim to prove otherwise even after stopping to see and confirm that there was no mark or sign of friction on the side mirror fell on deaf ears as the attempt only attracted slaps and bashing by the police boss.

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Our correspondent gathered that the DPO later called his officers who came to continue the beating before arresting the victim.

It was gathered that the victim was taken to Iyaganku police station, where his mobile phone was seized.

The tires of the power bike were also deflated.

Awobode, who later spoke with his colleagues on Tuesday, lamented that his fundamental human rights were violated.

He added that this is despite the truth that the vehicle the DPO was driving was not even scratched let alone damaged.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr Adewale Osifeso, when contacted noted that the case was later reported to him.

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Osifeso, who said that the Commissioner of Police is aware of the incident, however, said that he will react to the incident as soon as possible.

“It was reported lately to me. They just called me. You would be updated soon,” he said.

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