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Nigerian actor arrested, charged to court after confronting a police officer for assaulting his P.A

Damola Olatunji, the Nollywood actor, was on Monday arrested and detained following a confrontation with police officers in Lagos.

Trouble started when the actor went live on his Instagram page and then alleged that police officers were assaulting a motorcyclist at the Abule-Egba area of the state.
In the now-deleted clip, which has since gone viral, the movie star had claimed that the officers called him “animal” and slapped Timileyin Salawu, his personal assistant (PA), after they intervened in the matter.
The actor also accused the police officers of “extorting people of their hard-earned money.”

“When we talk about the Nigeria Police, we have the good ones and the bad ones. Examples of the bad ones are the ones you are seeing right now in Abule Egba. They are extorting people of their hard-earned money,” he had said in the video.

“And this one had the guts to take my phone because I was recording them. He had the guts to slap my PA and collect his phone.”
It is understood that after the confrontation with the officers, he was detained at the Area P police division in Abule Egba, where he and his PA spent the night.

His detention had stirred criticism on social media, with several of his colleagues demanding his release using the hashtag #FreeDamolaOlatunji.
In another viral video, some of his colleagues were seen at the gate of the police station on Tuesday, while the actor was charged to court.
Olatunji was arraigned before a magistrate court in Ogba, after which he was granted bail with the case adjourned.
Sulayman Alabi, his lawyer, confirmed that the actor has regained his freedom in a chat with BBC Pidgin.

According to him, the film star was slammed with four charges which include allegedly lying against the police on social media, obstructing the police from discharging its duty and unlawfully challenging police officials.
Alabi said his client is currently weighing the matter to determine his next action.
He added that the court adjourned the trial till February 2022.

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