Wednesday, January 27

I bled for days in police custody – Detained woman

I bled for days in police custody – Detained woman

Taiwo on her way to hospital.

An expectant mother, Mrs. Tosin Taiwo, is currently battling to safe her unborn child at a hospital in Agbado Ijaiye, a Lagos suburb, after she collapsed at the Surulere Police Station on Tuesday.

The woman, who said she bled for two days in police cell, was rushed to the Randle General Hospital and it took doctors about two hours to revive her.

The woman said she spent four days in police detention, during which period she was denied bail by an Investigating Police Officer, Mrs. Louisa Njoku, who acted on “orders from above.”

The expectant mother was arrested last Saturday because of a debt she owed one Ajibola Abudu.

The eight-week pregnant woman, who said scan result has shown there was rupture in her womb, told The Nation that she suffered breath seizure while in police cell for four days.

She was arrested inside Meiran Market, Agbado/Oke LCDA, and was told categorically that she will “rot in jail.”

“I was locked up for four days without bail. I bled on Saturday and Sunday, I also told the policemen that I was not feeling well but nothing was done.

“I was taken to Randle General Hospital but I left there on Tuesday evening. Am now at a family hospital in my area where I have done scan and they said there was rupture somewhere in my womb.

“It must have been caused by my inability to breathe while inside the cell. I could not cope there, I suffered breath seizure. The toilet was dirty and was smelling into the cell. It was choking. There was even no water to bath or anything. The experience was horrible,” she told our correspondent.

Mrs. Taiwo, who told The Nation that she borrowed some money from the complainant to run a business last May but was unfortunately duped, said she explained everything to him and appealed that he should agree to a payment plan to enable her settle the debt.

But Abudu, the woman said, refused, insisting that she must pay all the money (N4.2millon) at once, an amount she does not have, having lost her job.

Lamenting the treatment meted to his wife, Olusola Taiwo said the IPO even turned down directive from the Area C Commander, Tajudeen Bakare, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), to release her.

“She refused to release nor charge her to court. I told the IPO that my wife was not feeling well but she refused to listen.

“The IPO said she will not grant her bail due to instruction from above. I believe the complainant gave the instruction. That is why he brought the case to Surulere Police Station where he knows officers.

“One of the officers, who arrested her at Meiran, simply identified as Jide, boasted that the woman would rot in jail.

“He brought police to arrest her on Saturday and detained her at Surulere Police Station. All efforts to secure her bail proved abortive as the IPO told us there was instruction from above not grant her bail,” Taiwo said.

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