The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Undie Adie on Monday ordered a full scale investigation into the alleged stabbing of nine persons by a policeman, Taiwo Orisadare, at a nightclub in Akure, the state capital.
Police Public Relations Officer, Femi Joseph, in a statement, said the investigation became imperative because of the distortion of facts
The command urged members of the public to disregard social media reports on the matter, saying the story is concocted to deceive the public.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Ondo State Police Command has been drawn to a story trending on the social media, captioned “Police sergeant stabs self, eight others with broken bottle in Ondo”.
“To set the record straight, there was a social gathering organised by a friend to one of our policemen, Sergeant Taiwo Orishalade at a popular eatery in Akure to celebrate the birthday of his girlfriend.
“The police officer who was not on official duty and also not in uniform sat with some other invited guests at the party. At a point, some boys who apparently identified the police officer even though he was in mufti, approached him to buy drinks for them.
“The policeman humbly told them that he was just invited by a friend to the party and besides, he did not have enough money on him to accede to their request.
“The boys who were apparently drunk and appeared like miscreants, insisted that the officer must buy them drinks or leave the scene, or in the alternative be ready to be killed just like they did to his colleague inspector sometime ago.
“The officer pleaded with them to take things calmly, but in a twinkle of an eye, one of the boys slapped him, while the other one took a bottle, smashed it and stabbed the Sergeant with it. Naturally, he had to fight back which resulted into injuries to the three of them.”
Earlier reports had stated that the nine people were allegedly stabbed by Orisadare, a Sergeant at a night club in Akure.
Witnesses at the scene claimed that trouble ensued at the nightclub, which is located in Alagbaka GRA area of Akure on Saturday, when the policeman attached to the Akure Area Commander’s office allegedly began acting strange.
They alleged that the policeman was drunk and started harassing the victims who had come to unwind at the club.