Joseph Aricpo: Cops beat up a lawyer in Cross River (graphic)

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020, Under: News

Joseph Aricpo: Cops beat up a lawyer in Cross River (graphic)

Lawyer Joseph Arikpo accused OI and his officers in Cross River State of mistreating him when he went to seek bail for a young man who had been in detention for more than six days, IgbereTV reported.

According to Kalabar’s lawyer, the incident took place at the Ikom police headquarters on Sunday, November 8.

Talking about his ordeal on Tuesday morning, Nov. 10, Arikpo said the troubles started when the DPO called him a fool.

Arikpo said that when he asked not to offend him, OI “punched him several times and then threw him into a cell, where he was further attacked by some agents.”

Read his post below:

“Will this police brutality ever end?
On November 8, 2020, my client consulted with me requesting bail of a young man who had been held in Icom Cross River State Police Department custody for over six days for injustice. In accordance with the rank limitation rule, I went there, met with OI Ikom, introduced myself, and told him that I was there to secure bail for my client who had been detained for more than six days.

The DPO representative told me that he would not release him because, according to him, he intends to arrange a meeting between the applicant and the accused on Wednesday 11.11. But I told him that he should release it for me and that I would introduce the suspect on the day scheduled for questioning, but the OI refused.

When I tried to remind the aforementioned DPO that my client still has a constitutional right to the freedom and dignity of his human person, he (DPO) told me that I was stupid. In my reply, I told him that I was not a fool, and made an exception from this insult to my personality. The police officer approached and eventually began to beat me. He did this repeatedly, repeating the words “I say you are a FOOL.” When he got very close, I smelled alcohol.

So I saw the need to run. When I tried to escape from the station, he ordered a nearby female police officer to close the gate and another police officer to “bring him a chemical mess” (tear gas), which she applied to him. I’m in a detention cell. After he took me to a cell, he ordered an IPO to record my statement. During the recording period for my statement, they handcuffed me and beat me with bartons and whips, just to make sure I wrote what they wanted as their statement.

At night, when I was in my cell, the OI sent a female police officer to come over and take my bloody shirt to hide the evidence that I was being mistreated, but God help me as I was hiding anyway until they arrived. Thank God the head of the IKOM NBA came to my aid! “