Kehinde Afolabi, a single mother of six who was filmed slapping Adeyemi Ogunyemi, an Assistant Superintendent of police and a Divisional Crime Officer at Eruwa Police Division in Oyo State has been arrested.
Reports gathered that the woman angrily slapped the policeman 13 times and bit two others for trying to enforce the lockdown directive.
ASP Ogunyemi had led a team of policemen to enforce the Coronavirus lockdown at Gbolagunte, Okeola area of Eruwa, Ibarapa, Oyo State on May 1, 2020.
Rather than retaliate, Ogunyemi patiently took the assault and was heard refraining his angry subordinates who attempted to lose him from the woman’s grip to avoid an escalation of the situation.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, commended ASP Ogunyemi for what he described as uncommon restraint and professionalism in the face of the unprovoked attack.
In a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP said, “the officer, like a lamb being led to the slaughter, did not fight back but rather, maintained absolute calm, patience and decorum even as the woman rough handled him and slapped him severally.”
He explained that the said woman also assaulted two female police officers, identified as Inspr. Ojola Abiola and Inspr. Queen Eguaoje, and bit one of the women during an attempt to bring her to the Police Station for the earlier incident of serious assault on the DCO.
The statement described the Ewura incident as a classic example of unprovoked, unwarranted and unnecessary attacks faced by police officers in the course of performing their legitimate duties.
The IGP, therefore, warned that this trend of attacks on police officers will no longer be tolerated by the Force.
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