Osun policewoman alleges assault for refusing superior officer’s sexual advances
IGP orders probe
A female police Inspector in Osun State, Olorunsogo Bamidele, has accused her superior officer, Matthew Ajayi, of stripping her naked and beating her up because she refused to give in to his sexual advances.
Ajayi, the Divisional Crime Officer of Ode-Omu Police Division, in Ayedaade Local Council Osun State, where the female officer is attached was said to have stripped and brutalised her in the presence of other officers and civilians at the police station.
Bamidele, while displaying injuries on her arms and chest in a viral video, yesterday, narrated her ordeal in the hands of the DCO, saying that she didn’t do anything to warrant the assault, save for rejecting his advances.
The officer claimed that she explained to her assaulter that she is married and cannot give in to the affair and he ended up trying to “blackmail” her before proceeding to attack her.
According to her, some civilians at the police station rescued her from being gunned down by Ajayi, who she alleged picked up a dane gun with the intention of shooting her.
“What is my offence? He (Ajayi) started beating me to the extent that he stripped me naked. Look at my body; It’s Ajayi Matthew, he said I should befriend him and I said no; that I am a married woman and can’t befriend him. He started blackmailing me, that he is the one befriending me and it’s not true.
“He beat me up in the presence of my co-workers, my righter and two constables and ten civilians. After doing that, he went inside and carried a dane-gun and said he wanted to gun me down.
“The civilians now took me out of the office. They said I should be running out and I said no that if he wants to kill me, he should kill me. I asked them to assist me and they should help me. Ajayi wants to kill me,” she lamented.
Reacting to the viral video, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, directed Osun State Commissioner of Police, Olaleye Faleye, to investigate the alleged assault on the woman by the DCO in Ode-Omu.
“We will await the report of the investigation from Osun State Police Command before necessary actions are taken. However, we assure the general public that justice will be done in the case, to protect the core values and ethics of the NPF,” a statement issued by Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer said.
MEANWHILE, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Olaleye Faleye, has ordered a discreet investigation to unravel circumstances that led to the unethical behaviour of Ajayi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police.
The Command’s spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, in a statement said: “The CP in his swift intervention, has interviewed the police officers (parties) involved in this unprofessional act and consequently ordered discreet/thorough investigation of the incident to unravel the circumstances that led to this unethical behaviour.
“Therefore, the CP is assuring the general public that justice will prevail on the matter.”