Debo Adebayo, a comedian popularly known as Mr Macaroni, has disclosed that he has instituted a lawsuit against the Nigeria Police Force for alleged brutalisation after he was arrested during the February 13 protest against reopening the Lekki Toll Gate.
Macaroni made this known on Twitter on Sunday while reacting to a viral video showing a police officer begging a Spanish biker for money.
The protesters had come out to oppose the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to reopen the Lekki Toll Gate and hand it over to the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) when they were arrested by operatives of the Lagos Police Command.
A video, however, emerged showing Mr Macaroni and other arrested protesters being stripped half-naked and subjected to dehumanising conditions in a van by police officers.
But reacting to the video of the policeman caught on camera demanding money from the Spanish motorcyclist, the comedian insisted that the force needs total reform, adding that the reputation of the police has been soiled.
According to him, police officers in the country are using their status to extort and brutalise the average Nigerian instead of saving them.
He recounted his experience at Adeniji police station where he was taken to after he was arrested on February 13, claiming that the officers took turns to beat him up.
Macaroni also alleged that one officer said he would have shot him if he was not a popular figure, with the risk of people asking about his whereabouts.
Since our childhood days till now, This has been the reputation of the Nigerian Police. All they care about is to collect money from you. It doesn’t matter whether you are a law abiding citizen or you are a terrorist! Just give them money!! 🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/zRslAqsf18
— DeboMacaroni (@mrmacaronii) April 17, 2021
“Everyday, there is always one Negative report or the other about the Nigerian Police. The Police have turned themselves to criminals. Robbing us, oppressing us and doing everything in their power to make life miserable for the Average Nigerian.
“I should promote the same police institution that oppresses Nigerians? Majority of your officers are just there to steal, rob, harass, brutalize and oppress the people. We see it happen everyday. You swore an oath to protect. Yet you kill and destroy. Zero conscience!
“When I was at Adeniji police station, the police officers took turns to beat me up. They were even calling themselves to come and beat ‘Mr Macaroni’ They said in my life when next I hear police, I will run! One said if not that people would ask about me, he would have killed me,” he tweeted.
Macaroni said his ordeal inspired him to always use his platform to call out “the evil” in the police, adding that he filed a lawsuit aginst the force last month.
That very day, I swore never to stop using my platform to call out the evil that the Police do. If they can do that to someone people know, imagine what they do to hundreds of thousands of unknown Nigerians. We are in court though. We filed since last month.
Aluta Continua ✊🏿
— DeboMacaroni (@mrmacaronii) April 18, 2021