A sort of drama played itself out on Friday afternoon as three young women between the ages of 25-30 defied all laws of decency and respect for constituted authority when they assaulted Mrs. Ige, the Area Commander and other police officers right in front of the Police Headquarters in Iyaganku, Ibadan.
The Area Commander, an Assistant Commissioner of Police was returning to her office on that rainy Friday afternoon when her car ran into a traffic jam just before the Police Headquarters. Incidentally, there was no policeman to direct traffic as the officers on duty had apparently taken cover because of the rain. Not minding her status, the Assistant Commissioner alighted from her car and took it upon herself to direct motorists and restore sanity to the road in spite of the rain.
She noticed that some of the motorists were driving against traffic, thereby obstructing free flow of traffic. She therefore approached those driving from the Dugbe end of the road and ordered those driving against traffic to reverse their vehicles get into the right lane. Most of the motorists obeyed and fell back in line.
A scene was however created when the occupants of a black 2010 model Honda Accord instructed their driver to ignore the policewoman who incidentally was in uniform. All efforts to appeal to the three ladies in the Honda failed as they remained adamant. A policeman came to the scene and while trying to compel the driver to reverse, the occupants of the car pounced on him gave him serious beating and tore his uniform. The Area Commander also got slapped while trying to prevent them from assaulting the junior officer. The driver of the Honda also hit the Area Commander when he eventually decided to move the vehicle.
The ladies had maintained their upper hand on the few police officers around for about fifteen minutes before the news got to the policemen who were supposed to be on traffic duty. They all rushed out and in no time, the raging young ladies were subdued. They were subsequently taken into the police headquarters where they are currently being detained along with the driver.
Efforts to speak with the Area Commander after the incident proved futile.
When Street Journal called Femi Okanlawon, the Oyo State Police PRO for comments on the event and the action the police would take against the ladies at 16:28 hrs local time, he said he was yet to hear about the incident.