A riot policeman, Idiahgbe Iyobosa, has been arrested by Officers of the Ejigbo Police Station, Lagos for allegedly physically assaulting a 30-year-old woman Oluchukwu Ezemaduka.
It was learnt that the victim is currently battling with a damaged jaw at a private hospital, West Care Specialist Hospital in Akowonjo, Lagos.
The Punch reports that Iyobosa, who is attached to a bank in the FESTAC Town, was said to have repeatedly hit the woman in the jaw with his service boots until blood gushed out.
Oluchukwu, it was gathered, was a roommate of Iyobosa’s girlfriend, Maryjane Anyagwa, around Awoyemi Street, off Coker Road, Ejigbo.
Iyobosa had visited the ladies’ apartment on January 21 at about 9pm, with the aim of passing the night there, but only met Oluchukwu at home.
Apparently enraged by her ‘unwillingness’ to divulge the whereabouts of her friend, he was said to have resorted to assaulting Oluchukwu.
Narrating the incident, Oluchukwu, who managed to speak from her sick bed, said:
“I was not in the room when he came. As I was about to enter the room, I felt that somebody was there; I got a torch from a neighbour and shone it in the room. That was when I knew it was him. He had scattered everywhere.
He asked me where his girlfriend was, I didn’t answer him. He asked me the second time and I told him that I didn’t know her whereabouts. He kicked me several times with his boots, breaking my jaw. He brought out a dagger and chased me outside. It was people, who saved me.
The pain is too much for me. The doctor said I would undergo surgeries this week.”
Also speaking, Anyagwa, stated that her relationship with Iyobosa was marred with threats and harassment, saying she was no longer interested in the relationship.
She said, “I was not around that day. When I came back the next morning, my neighbours told me that my boyfriend came to beat up my friend because he was looking for me. He thought she deliberately refused to disclose where I was.
“He usually assault me too. Most times, he would not notify me that he would pass the night in my place. He would threaten to deal with me if I report him to the authorities or quit the relationship. I was afraid.
“We started dating each other about a year ago. I later knew that he is married with two kids. The wife had warned me to stay away from her husband.”
Meanwhile, the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Command, Olarinde Famous-Cole, has said that “The incident was reported at the division for discreet investigation.”