A police officer identified as Okocha Love and her colleagues reportedly hara*sed and claimed students of Lagos State University (LASU) were peddling dr*gs in Lagos during a stop-and-search.
According to the victim, “They stopped the cab I was in along Ayobo road. I actually thought the driver was stopped because of his tinted glasses or maybe they wanted to check his papers. When we stopped, the police officers said they want to search our boxes.
We told them they couldn’t search our boxes without a search warrant. The police officer said she had every right to search us. She said we resembled those who peddled dr*gs. I opened my box and they saw power bank, my clothes and other personal items in it.
When they were done searching, they still said we should follow them to their station even after they found nothing on us. We refused to follow them and they started dr*gging our shirts. I str*ggled with them for fear that they’ll arrest us for a crime we didn’t commit. I was taken to Ayobo police station and was be*ten in the cell. Police br*tality needs to stop.”