Men of the Imo State Police have begun an ‘orderly room trial’ of six officers caught in a viral video using a machete to smack two unidentified people in the State.
The national police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
Adejobi who is also a chief superintendent of police, identified the officers as, Sunday Amadi (an inspector and team leader), Charles Amajuoji, an inspector, and Chinese Noachian, a sergeant.
Others are Emmanuel Onwuka, another sergeant, Goodness Nzewuodo, a corporal, and Emmanuel Chimezie, a Police constable.
In a 45 seconds clip, the five officers could be seen assaulting the two people in an open space while a sixth officer pulled out a machete from a parked SUV believed to be a police operational vehicle.
The sixth officer is captured in the video, smacking the two people multiple times with the machete.
People in the background could be heard saying, “Which kind country be dis?”
“Omo, see as him dey cut-am with cutlass! Which kind nonsense be dis?
“See wetin police dey do for Owerri”.
A Twitter user who posted the video on 20 April, 2023, said the victims are students of the Imo State University who refused to allow the officers to search their phones.
The Police spokesperson in Imo State, Henry Okoye, commented on the Twitter post, saying the officers’ behaviour was “totally unacceptable”.