We’ll prosecute policemen for brutalising nursing mother –Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has promised to institute processes and support moves to expose the policemen who brutalised and detained a nursing mother, Mrs. Toyin Adeyeye. Adeyeye was last Friday allegedly beaten by about five policemen at a checkpoint. They later detained her alongside her two-month-old baby, Heritage, and her younger brother, Adeniyi Dada, at the New Iyin Police Station.

But reacting to the incident, Fayose said “no responsible man should beat a woman, manhandle or brutalise her for whatever reason”. The governor added that it was “unlawful” for any policeman to assault anyone, especially a woman. Fayose spoke in an interview shortly before the commencement of the state “Meet Your Governor” programme, broadcast live on state-owned radio and television stations on Sunday. He said: “It is highly irresponsible for any man to brutalise a woman for any reason.

The law that forbids violence against women is still operative in this state. And I can never allow any form of brutality of women under my watch as governor in Ekiti State. Women are even described as the weaker vessel.

As such even if you marry her, does that deny her of her rights? “It is particularly sad that such a report was coming barely a week after we celebrated International Women’s Day in an unprecedented style in this state. I have already ordered investigation into the matter. Anybody found culpable in the case will face the court of law.”

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