I was assaulted for filming Lebanese assaulting a Nigerian, man claims
Written by NobleAdmin on July 23, 2018
A Nigerian man, Ajibola Akinsete on Sunday claimed that a policeman assaulted him at a shopping mall on Lagos Island over a video he recorded at a restaurant in the mall.
On his Twitter handle, Akinsete @madejibo revealed that the incident happened on Friday when he went to the mall to watch a movie and stumbled on a scene of a Lebanese man assaulting a Nigerian inside a restaurant (name withheld).
He said he brought out his phone to record the incidence and that was when things went awry.
“The Lebanese man saw me and accosted me with the sole aim of seizing my phone. I tried to resist but he overpowered me. At this point, a group of security men came including a man who introduced himself as the Chief Security Officer.
The CSO ordered I handed over the phone to him but I blatantly refused. He sent a guard to call the police. A policeman came and without listening to my side of the story gave me a deafening slap and dragged me by my trousers (like a criminal) to a police post within the premises.
I was forced by the police, Novare’s security and the Lebanese man to delete the video from my phone. The staff that was been beaten by the Lebanese was cajoled to say that the Lebanese man was only playing with him.
Under so much duress by the police, I was told to write a statement which was dictated to me. For the fear of my safety, I complied. The Lebanese man also claimed that I cut his wristwatch strap, but in the video, he had no wristwatch on while he was beating the staff.
The police said for taking the video I had done something criminal according to the law of the land. I was left to go around 1230am.
On my way to my car the Lebanese man tried to offer me money but I refused. After driving to safety by a stroke of thought, I recovered the video and posted it on Instagram.”