An estate agent in Lagos State is currently battling for his life after a police officer stabbed him in the face for allegedly mocking them while pushing a broken down vehicle.
Punch reports that the policeman attached to the PPL Police Post, Ojo Division, got mad at Asuelimen for making a jest of them while trying to push-start the vehicle along the PPL Task Force Road in Ojo, a suburb of the state.
It was gathered that the incident which happened on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, saw Asuelimen sustaining serious injuries after Sergeant Henry stabbed him in the face with a broken bottle leading to his being hospitalized.
It was learnt that four policemen were pushing a commercial bus to the police station after its owner allegedly committed an offence when the victim allegedly mocked and made fun of them.
After the officers managed to push the vehicle to their office, Sergeant Henry emerged and attacked Asuelimen, first slapping the victim before breaking a bottle and stabbing him in the face.
Asuelimen, an indigene of Edo State, narrated that he was settling a dispute between a couple in a beer parlour around 3 pm when the policeman attacked him.
“While we were settling the case, we saw four policemen towing a vehicle to the PPL Police Post.
We just observed that one of them returned later and asked who abused them while they were towing away the vehicle.
Before I knew it, he had slapped me twice. He emptied a bottle of beer on the table and smashed it on the ground.
He wanted to stab me in the eye but I dodged it and he stabbed me in the cheek. It was God that saved me. I wondered what would have happened if he had a gun.”
Asuelimen added that he was taken before the Ojo Divisional Police Officer who immediately referred him to a police hospital for treatment.
He said the policeman, when questioned on why he stabbed him, said he didn’t know what came over him.
An eyewitness who identified himself as Godwin urged the police to conduct a medical check on Henry.
“There was nobody that abused them. Assuming he had a gun, he would have killed him (the victim). He didn’t even do any finding before stabbing the man.
This is why I believe it is important they run a check on him before allowing him to go out.”
When contacted to either confirm or deny the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, said she had yet to be briefed on the matter and would get back to journalists when the DPO briefed her.