Three female police officers were attacked and stripped naked by an irate mob in Benin, the Edo State capital after they were invited by a landlady to arrest a tenant.
The trio who are attached to Oregbeni police division were said to have gone to make an arrest at Oregbeni quarters, Ikpoba-Okha local government area in Benin metropolis but ended up in a hospital after they were attacked and beaten black and blue.
It was gathered that trouble started when the tenant insisted on taking her bath before going to the police station, a request said to have been declined by the police officers. The situation degenerated into an argument, and in the ensuing fracas, other residents in the area joined the tenant to beat up the officers and thereafter stripped them naked.
The landlady whose name was given as Mrs. Okebuse, confirmed that she invited the police because she had given the tenants quit notice.
“When the police came to make arrest, they started fighting the police. I ran for my live and hid at the other compound,” she said.
An eyewitness said “the landlady is in the habit of harassing and intimidating her tenants with police. The woman was taking her bath and Police refused to allow the woman take her bath but they refused.”
Police Commissioner, Foluso Adebanjo, who confirmed the incident, expressed disappointment over the attack, adding that the police would not take it lightly.
Adebanjo said the attackers would be made to face the full wrath of the law and that suspects arrested have already been charged to court.