Police begin ‘trial’ of six officers who smacked two people with machete

The police in Imo State, south-east Nigeria, have begun an ‘orderly room trial’ of six officers caught in a viral video using a machete to smack two unidentified people in the state.

The national police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a Twitter post on Tuesday.

PREMIUM TIMES reported that in the 45 seconds clip, five officers are seen assaulting the two people in an open space while a sixth officer pulled out a machete from a parked SUV believed to be a police operational vehicle.

The sixth officer is captured in the video, smacking the two people multiple times with the machete.

Apart from the assault incident, the neighbourhood looks calm.

From the background remarks, apparently made by people who were secretly recording the assault, it appeared the incident happened in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The exact location and date of the incident are, however, unclear for now.

“Which kind country be dis?” said a background voice in the video.Omo, see as him dey cut-am with cutlass! Which kind nonsense be dis?

“See wetin police dey do for Owerri”.

A Twitter user who posted the video on 20 April said the victims are students of the Imo State University who refused to allow the officers to search their phones.

The police spokesperson in Imo State, Henry Okoye commented on the Twitter post, saying the officers’ behaviour was “totally unacceptable”.

“Imo Police Command is aware of this obscene video and we are currently investigating to identify the team of officers,” Mr Okoye, an assistant superintendent of police, said.

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