Police arrest officers assaulting couple in viral video

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The Nigerian police force have said it arrested the officers seen in a video assaulting a man.

Muyiwa Adejobi, the spokesperson for the Force Headquarters, disclosed this in a Twitter post, Monday night.

He said the number of officers who were involved in the assault are three, and not two as previously reported by this newspaper.

“These men have been arrested, and their commander will personally bring (them) to the Force Headquarters tomorrow Tuesday for further actions. They are 3 in number, attached to RRS, Rivers State,” Mr Adejobi wrote on the social media site.

He did not, however, mention the officers’ names and their ranks.

He said the officers’ action was “barbaric” and “does not portray the police in a good light at all”.

“I wonder how a man, a reasonable man, would be flogging or slapping a grown-up man in that manner,” the spokesperson added.

In the clip which has been circulating on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, one of the officers, armed with an AK-47 rifle, is seen slapping the motorist after beating him with a cane.

Another officer was also filmed shoving a woman, said to be the man’s wife, into a car.

The Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, Okon Effiong, earlier on Monday ordered the arrest of the officers, and promised to get them sanctioned for their action.