A photographer with the Eti-Osa Local Government, Lagos was allegedly beaten to a coma by a policeman during a demolition exercise in Ikoyi area of the state last Wednesday.
The victim, identified as Bolaji Madamidola, is an occupant of a building which formerly belonged to a former Managing Director of Oceanic Bank plc, Cecilia Ibru but was acquired by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and sold off to another individual.
Madamidola, in a bid to salvage some of his properties, was dealt a blow to the head with a sledge hammer by one of the policemen – now identified as Sergeant Raimi Aliyu – deployed to make the exercise go smoothly.
The blow caused the victim to faint immediately and the policemen sensing danger fled the scene thinking their colleague had killed Madamidola.
Sympathisers were said to have rushed the victim to about four hospitals in the area where he was rejected until he was later taken to St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos Island where about N1m is needed before proper treatment would begin.
But AMCON spokesman, Mr. Kayode Lambo, has denied that the victim was beaten up by a policeman, adding that he only got injured after he slipped and fell.
He said, “The property has been sold and the tenants there no longer pay rent. When the policemen went to the house, one of the tenants slipped and fell and sustained a minor injury. We took him to St. Nicholas Hospital and he is fine.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Lagos State Police Command through its Spokes person, Ngozi Braide were unsuccessful as at the time of this report.
Culled From PUNCH