The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal has asked the Gender Unit of the Ilaje Police Division in the Bariga area of the state, to unravel the allegations of sexual harassment against an officer at the station.
According to a report by The Nation, a widow, Mrs. Adebukola Mowette, is alleging that an officer, simply identified as Egi asked her for s*x to grant her bail.
“He fondled my Bosom s and threatened to ensure I rot in prison if I refused to sleep with him. He said in jail, they will shave the hairs on my private parts and those on my head,” the woman said yesterday.
It was gathered that Mowette, who was detained on June 25, after a fight with a man, said she was yet to get over the humiliation and harassment she went through.
She said she was shocked by the actions of another policeman and a policewoman, who told her to accept Egi’s proposal for the case against her would be dropped.
The woman recalled that it all started in May when she reported the loss of her phone at the station.
She claimed that she placed her phone on a roadside betting kiosk popularly known as Baba Ijebu, where some youngsters sat in order to tie her wrapper properly, adding that when she was done, she did not find the phone again.
“We started fighting; people separated us and I left. The next thing, police came and arrested me that I have injured him and that he could not walk again. They took me to the station and locked me up inside the cell.
“I even asked Egi why I was the only one arrested since it was two fighting but he said the complainant was in the hospital. That I have not seen anything yet.”
Mowette said she rebuffed Egi’s love advances, claiming that the policeman told her she was in for a hard time.
“I told him I will not sleep with him even if he was the last man on earth. This got him angry and he started pouring water through those holes and said he would pour urine too. After some hours, he brought me out that I should come and write my statement. I told him I will not writing anything because I do not know what he wanted me to write.
“Egi now said I should pay the money or I will be sent to Kirikiri Prison. Out of fear, I accepted to pay the money and they said I had to provide it that day. I told them I did not have it that day. I even went to beg the Divisional Police Officer (DCO) but he shouted at me and said I should go and settle with Egi my IPO.
Edgal directed the Gender Unit to conduct a discreet investigation into the case, adding that the matter would not be swept under the carpet, restating his intolerance for misconduct or any action capable of smearing the police.
He said: “Please, always bring matters like these to my attention. I assure you it will be investigated, the truth established and actions taken.”
It was gathered that the parties have made statements and asked to return on Tuesday