Reactions Trail Towobola Viral Video

Reactions have continued to trail the video of a lady that was harassed by a police officer in Ibadan.

In the video, which was recorded by one of the officers who identified himself as “Wyclef” was a lady known as Towobola handcuffed and maltreated.

While answering the officer’s unprofessional questions, Towobola said she is a student of university of Ibadan and was innocent of the allegations levelled against her.

The officer, simply known as”Wyclef” was seen making fun of the lady threatened to show the video to the entire world.

Some residents of Ibadan metropolis condemned the act and called for stiffer penalty on the erring officers.

Reacting, a criminologist, Professor Oyesoji Aremu said the impact of the act could be fatal on the victim as well as her family, psychologically and emotionally.

Professor Aremu of the University of Ibadan said even if the lady was an accomplice, she should not have been treated in that manner as it is against her human rights.

In a swift reactions, Inspector General of Police, Mr Muhammad Adamu has ordered discreet investigations into the circumstances surrounding the dehumanizing treatment meted out to the lady.

Confirming the directive, Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi said the command had swang into action to get to the root of the matter.

The police spokesman, therefore, called on members of the public not to use effects of the circulated video to cause intestinal the state.

Similarly, the International Federation of Women Lawyers has called on Nigeria Police Force to immediately stop the spread of a viral video where a lady was sexually assaulted by a Police officer.

Addressing newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo State Chairperson of the Federation, Mrs Oluyemisi Collins who condemned the act, also frowned at the way the lady was interrogated which was based on her private life. 

She called on Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police in Oyo to ensure that the perpetrators of the act were brought to book. 

According to her, “why would the police interrogate her on private life bothering on immorality and attempted to link same to the alleged crimes? Why would the police feel comfortable in breaching her right to dignity of human person?”

The FIDA Chairperson frowned at parading suspects before charging them to court, describing it as an act of violating fundamental human right of those suspects.

“We call on the Inspector General of Police and the Oyo State Commissioner of Police in whose jurisdiction this illegal act was committed not to only investigate, but also to ensure that the perpetrators of this of this dastard act are brought to book so as to serve as deterrence to others”.

Mrs Collins promised that the Federation would be committed to the promotion and protection of the right of women and children in Nigeria Society.

“We undertake to ensure that all legal machineries and defense are set in motion to ensure that Towobola ( the victim) gets justice, her dignity restored and her damaged image redeemed” she concluded.

She added that FIDA wants the Nigeria Police to tender public apology to the victim, and make it viral.

Sunday Ogunyemi/Rasheeda Makinde

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