“It may interest you to note that the Lagos state commissioner of police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal after being notified on the said allegation of sex for bail , allegedly offered in Bariga police division, acting proactively in his response, ordered the officer in charge of gender section of the command to investigate and report her findings for appropriate disciplinary action which indeed stands us tall in the way we treat matters that need urgent attention such as this. After getting a report on the said allegation, “we swiftly investigate the case painstakingly and findings from the outcome reveal that Mrs Adebukola Mowette's case was reported at Bariga police Division and that she spent less than twenty hours in custody, nothing like extortion, sexual harassment as she claims. The (IPO) who Mrs Adebukola Mowette erroneously named as Egi, is (Sergeant Bernard Akintemi) and was never an accomplice in the agreements reached by suspects and complainant, therefore using sex as a condition for bail remain unfounded"
The was the submissions of the Lagos state police public relation officer Csp chike Oti on a reported case of sex for rape being peddled in a bad light in other to give the force a bad name.
Recall that the Nation newspaper had reported in its publication on 13, July 2018 specifically on its 6th page with captioned “sex for bail scandal rocks Bariga police station”, “Edgal orders Probe”, where the complainant, Mrs Adebukola Mowette claims her breast was fondled by a policeman with nickname Egi. Her travails accordingly started when she placed her phone on a roadside betting kiosk popularly known as BABA IJEBU where her phone eventually got missing.
Putting the records straight, Oti said one of the cardinal objectives of the Lagos state commissioner of police; Mr Imohimi Edgal is being proactive on response situation of this nature. He said this was affirmed even in the said publication of the “nation newspaper’ where it was captioned aptly as saying the “commissioner of police is aware of the allegation, and that he ordered the gender section of the command to investigate the matter”,"nailing the usual proactiveness of the CP when it comes being responsive to every matter, the public relation officer added.
He said after painstakingly investigating the matter, it was revealed that Mrs Adebukola mowette was indeed a resident of Bariga environ and that it was one clement iperepolu of No 3, ibukunolu street in same Bariga who indeed came to the station and make a case against her on assault occasioning harm
“The complainant was grievously injured by the said Adebukola Mowette who was the suspect that alleged to have pushed the complainant in the person of Clement Iperepolu against a running tire pumping engine”
“Due to the injuries sustained, he was given a medical form to go to a general hospital for treatments specifically in Gbagada Hospital within the metropolis”.
Oti said the report from the hospital shows that the complainant suffered a scapula fracture, and when any victim does, it’s an indication that indeed that individual was subjected to considerable force, “he added
“This tells you how the complainant suffers as a result of an attack on his person”
Oti said the suspects who happened to be Mrs Adebukola mowette was arrested the same day she attacks Mr. clement iperepolu on June 25, 2018, and after interrogation, she owned up committing the crime, where subsequently, she was granted administrative bail within twenty-four hours of arrest
He said both parties met, reached an agreement aside police as a party, and agree to write off medical expenses incurred by Mr Clement which stood at forty thousand naira
“It must, however, be sounded that the said forty thousand naira was not offered to the police neither was it meant for bail as was erroneously reported”
Oti, however, disagree with the writer, who he said ingeniously, turned the truth on its head by calling the offer the suspect voluntary made to the victim “bail money”
Continuing, Oti said contrary to the name given as Egi being the police investigating police officer, the public relation officer said the actual name of the (ipo) is Sergeant Akintemi Bernard who accordingly, is said to be neutral; hence the agreement reached was voluntary by both the suspects and the complaint.
He said no investigative police officer does have the power to decide who goes on bail. Every bail application is endorsed by the divisional crime officers to the divisional police officers that approved bails at no cost to any suspects.
“We, therefore, wish to assure all media outfit in the state that the commissioner of police imohimi Edgal’s office remains open to all, in the event they are inching to confirm any reports of interest and that of the public relation unit of the police command the statement added.