The police have denied reports that officers who arrested the “most
wanted” kidnap kingpin last Saturday stuck broomsticks up his penis
to spiritually disarm him.
“The report is not true. It is unfounded. Nigerians should disregard it,” police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, said.
Onuamadike, a 36-year-old native of Anambra State, was arrested at his
residence in Magodo Phase II, Lagos, around noon Saturday, bringing
relief to law enforcement authorities who trailed him for years.
Moshood said Mr. Onuamadike’s arrest was a major success and a moral
booster in the war against incessant kidnapping, which has become a
lucrative enterprise for hardened criminals in recent years.
of Nigerians in different parts of the country who dreaded this suspect
will now be able to sleep with their two eyes closed,” Mr. Moshood
As part of its reporting of the development, The
Guardian said security operatives who participated in the high-profile
operation inserted broomsticks into Mr. Onuamadike’s joystick.
ritual where a broom was inserted into his private organ was then
performed as a sort of spiritual disarming before he was handcuffed,”
the paper reported Sunday morning without quoting any officials or
Denying the claims of gruesome torture, the police
said it was highly unlikely that any adult male with broomsticks in his
organ would still be able to stand upright.
“If they insert broomsticks into a man’s joystick, would he even be able to walk?” Mr. Moshood said.
one should be casting aspersion on the police, especially when officers
are making high-profile arrests in an effort to ensure peace and
“He was paraded before the media and he expressed himself with ease,” Mr. Moshood said.
“Nobody can stand with such a torture.”
“We don’t violate citizens’ fundamental rights, no matter the gravity of their crimes.”