by Segun Odeleye
What is it with Nigerian police officers and rape? How is it that law enforcement officers are becoming major law breakers?
Remember how just one year ago, in November 2013, the police was forced to deny reports that it was shielding an officer who allegedly raped a two-year old girl in Mararaba, Nasarawa state. The senate had to call out the police force during one of its plenary sittings and wondered why it had not disclosed what action it took against the accused, Corporal Anthony Onoja.
The then police spokesman, Frank Mba, said then that the police was not shielding him, and he had been dragged to court. Mba advised the public to avoid using the “singular” misdeed of one policeman to render a blanket judgment against its officers because the force was “self-cleansing.”
Then in April 2014, the then Plateau police commissioner, Chris Olakpe, disclosed how the police had dismissed and was in the process of prosecuting another corporal of the Mobile Police Force, Damadu Bzibu, for raping a four-year-old girl in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state.
Then in Lagos, just a few months ago, there was the case involving the DPO of the Onikan Police station in Lagos, Adekunle Awe, who allegedly raped a woman, Idowu Akinwunmi, in his office.
Now, today the Punch is reporting yet another rape incident involving another police DPO, Oladipo Afolayan.
So what exactly is going on?
Read the Punch story below:
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a Divisional Police Officer, Mr. Oladipo Afolayan, for allegedly raping a woman in his office.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Afolayan, who is a Superintendent of Police, had only been recently posted to the Magodo Police Post when the incident allegedly occurred.
It was learnt that the woman he allegedly raped was a suspect in an ongoing investigation.
It was gathered that following a report by the victim, Afolayan was arrested and brought before the Commissioner of Police, Cornelius Aderanti.
Aderanti was said to have also reported the matter to the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Command, Mr. Umar Manko.
Our correspondent learnt that the matter was transferred to the X Squad, a department at the state command which is in charge of investigating police crimes and misdemeanours.
When our correspondent visited the Magodo Police Post on Thursday, policemen on duty refused to comment on the matter.
It was, however, learnt that after taking his statement, the X Squad transferred the DPO and the case file to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.
When contacted on the telephone, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed that the police were investigating the matter, adding that the senior police officer would be made to face the law if found culpable.
He said, “Yes, we are investigating an allegation like that. As a result of the sensitivity of the matter, it would be too soon to come to a conclusion. The stance of the Commissioner of Police is not to condone any act of indiscipline whether from the public or from our men.
“Therefore, when investigations are concluded, and the officer is found culpable, he will be made to dance to the tune of the law, and if it is found otherwise, he will be cleared. The press will be invited and briefed once investigations are concluded.”