Oyo radio director accuses DPO of assault
The general manager of a radio station, JAMZ 100.1FM, Ibadan, Oyo State, Mr. Tony Awobode, accused Eleyele’s divisional police officer of assaulting him.
Awobode, aka Don T, told reporters in Ibadan on Tuesday that he was riding an electric bicycle on Sunday evening when the incident occurred.
He said the bicycle clutch hit the side mirror of the officer’s car, which descended on him.
Awobode alleged that the DPO showered him with slaps and punches before calling officers who took him to Iyaganku Police Station.
Don T, however, said there was no dent on the DPO’s car.
He said: âIn order to allow some motorcycles to move (in traffic) so that I could also continue, I tilted the steering wheel of the motorcycle slightly. After a couple of bikes passed, I tried to straighten the wheel back, and while trying to do it for balance, the bike’s clutch tapped lightly on the rearview mirror of the car next to me. ; no damage was done at all.
âI apologized to the driver, but the man rolled down the car window and started cursing me.
âHe reached out of his car and held my jacket, while he continued the insults. I got angry and used his exact words against him. Then those who were in the car with him joined in the insult.
âThen he told them to come down and hold me, and started shouting, ‘Call the police! Let them arrest this man! He got out of the car and this time grabbed my neck. I was shocked. At one point, I was choking.
âAs I was telling the man to get off my neck and because he wasn’t going to let go, I told him I was going to count five. I did and he still hasn’t let go. The next thing I got was a punch to my face.
âI lifted the front part of my helmet, leaving my face exposed. He ripped off the helmet anyway and punched me in the face several times. There is a video I made for this purpose. I lost consciousness and the bike fell.
âEventually, I was taken to the Iyaganku Police Station with the bicycle. It was there that I learned he was Eleyele’s DPO, which even puzzled me even more.
State Police Public Relations Officer Adewale Osifeso said he would give an update on the matter soon.
However, he had not yet done so when this report was tabled.
The President of the Nigerian Journalists Union of Oyo State, Mr. Ademola Babalola, urged the police to investigate the case. ,,
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