By William Adeyemi
Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Police Command, Muyiwa Adejobi has informed the general public that the man allegedly caught in a viral video masturbating in a commercial vehicle on March 13, 2021 has been identified.
In a Press release by the PPRO, the man, simply identified as Mr Matthew, who assaulted the lady who recorded the video, Olajumoke Okeyemi, for correcting his actions and act of sexual harassment in a public vehicle, was said to be a driver employed by GTC Laundry Services, along Channels TV Road, Isheri, and not a police personnel as he claimed during the “drama” in the video.
Mr Matthew was in a commercial bus moving from OPIC Estate Isheri to Mowe with the lady when the suspect resorted to verbal abuse and attempted to physically assault the lady for recoding his criminal and indecent act on her phone.
The suspect in the video, for reasons best known to him, impersonated to be a police officer and threatened to deal mercilessly with the lady for challenging him over the embarrassing behaviour in the public.
The Lagos State Police Command, in collaboration with the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Alausa, Ikeja, have commenced investigation into the matter and intensified efforts to arrest the suspect.
Incidentally, the suspect has also been identified by some other women who had had similar experiences with the same Mr Matthew in previous years along the same route.
The concerned women have made series of comments on the social media which would assist the police in their investigation.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has however condemned such inhuman, immoral and criminal act of Matthew who, with his careless and unguided utterances, dragged the name of the Nigeria Police Force in the mud.
He warned that such an act constituted an offence under the law and would not be tolerated.
The Commissioner of Police has ordered the Gender Unit of the Command to expedite action on the case to arrest the suspect and commence proper investigation so as to maintain sanity in our society and discourage others from engaging in such heinous act.