Some policemen threw caution to the wind in Bayelsa State and beat a serving Nigerian Navy officer to a pulp over his refusal to offer them bribe.
The incident was said to have taken place during last Saturday’s monthly environmental sanitation in the Tombia area of the state.
The policemen, attached to the Police Mobile Force, were said to have mounted a roadblock near the Tombia roundabout, allegedly collecting bribes from motorists and commercial tricycle operators.
An eyewitness, who did not want his name mentioned for fear of reprisal, said the naval officer attached to the Central Naval Command, Yenagoa, incurred the wrath of the policemen when they stopped the vehicle he was in and demanded a bribe from the driver.
He said the naval officer, who was in mufti, identified himself and asked the policemen to let them go.
He said as the naval officer was explaining to the policeman that stopped their vehicle, one of the policemen came from nowhere and dealt a heavy blow to the officer.
He said the naval officer, who was upset, alighted from the vehicle and held the policeman that punched him to explain what warranted his attack on him after identifying himself.
The eyewitness said, “It was at that point that the other policemen, in solidarity with their colleague, pounced on the navy officer and beat him to a pulp.
“As the beating intensified, some civilians who witnessed the incident went to rescue the naval officer. Still they could not save him as the policemen threatened to shoot anybody that came close.”
He said if not for the arrival of the Bayelsa State security outfit, Operation Doo Akpo, that came to the place, the navy officer would have been killed.