Police deny inserting broomsticks into 'most wanted' kidnapper's penis
“The report is not true. It is unfounded. Nigerians should disregard it,” police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said Monday.
Chukwudidumeme Onuamadike, a 36-year-old native of Anambra State, was arrested at his residence in Magodo Phase II, Lagos, around noon Saturday, bringing relief to law enforcement authorities who trailed him for years.
Mr. Moshood told PREMIUM TIMES Saturday evening Mr. Onuamadike’s arrest was a major success and a moral booster in the war against incessant kidnapping, which has become a lucrative enterprise for hardened criminals in recent years.
“Millions of Nigerians in different parts of the country who dreaded this suspect will now be able to sleep with their two eyes closed,” Mr. Moshood said.
“A ritual where a broom was inserted into his private organ was then performed as a sort of spiritual disarming before he was handcuffed,” the paper reported Sunday morning without quoting any officials or witnesses.
Denying the claims of gruesome torture in a chat with PREMIUM TIMES, the police said it was highly unlikely that any adult male with broomsticks in his organ would still be able to stand upright.
“If they insert broomsticks into a man’s penis, would he even be able to walk?” Mr. Moshood said. “No one should be casting aspersion on the police, especially when officers are making high-profile arrests in an effort to ensure peace and security.”
“He was paraded before the media and he expressed himself with ease,” Mr. Moshood said. “Nobody can stand with such a torture.”
“We don’t violate citizens’ fundamental rights, no matter the gravity of their crimes.”
“Our reporter based her claims on what she gathered from witnesses,” Tonye Bakare, online editor of The Guardian, told PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday evening.
Alabi Williams, Editor of The Guardian on Sunday, told PREMIUM TIMES he asked the online editor to investigate the matter after this newspaper reached him for comments Tuesday morning.
Mr. Bakare declined to clarify if his paper made efforts to verify the veracity of the witnesses’ claims or why it did not attribute them to any witnesses.