THREE POLICEMEN TO FACE TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING RESIDENT OVER MOBILE PHONE
Maureen Onuora in Enugu
The three policemen caught in a video clip molesting an innocent citizen in Enugu are to face trial as the Command said it has constituted an investigative panel to probe into the professional misconduct of the trio.
Penpushing reports that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Abdurrahman, disclosed this on Monday while briefing journalists following apprehension of the alleged erring officers, which include; two Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) and one Constable.
The trio it would be recalled were the officers caught in a viral social media video clip mercilessly beating a civilian, one Justice Obasi, on January 4 around Kenyatta Uwani axis over seizure of the victim’s phone by the policemen.
Penpushing further reports that a statement said the panel had been given three days to conclude its work and report back to the Command through the Commissioner’s office, adding, “after the panel’s three days’ work, we will look into the panel’s findings and recommendation.Then, they will definitely face orderly room trial and after all these we know what level of punishment will be meted on them,’’.
The Commissioner said that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who saw the video clip was quite disturbed, and ordered for a full investigation and arrest of the police personnel involved, stressing that the police boss gave directive to fish out those involved; ‘within some minutes we were able to identify and arrest the three personnel involved’.
“The members of the public should know that the Nigeria Police under the present IG cannot condone such uncivilized characters. Nigerians should know that negative action of the erring personnel is unprofessional and does not in any way reflect the image and attitude of the Nigerian Police. We are here to police with human face and some level of decorum and civility,’’ he said.
The Commissioner on the recent purported chasing away and locking up of Assemblies of God Church, Agbani Road; explained that the police did not chase away worshippers, adding that “it is untrue’’.
Penpushing also reports that, Abdurrahman explained that the police responded following a distress call from the church members that two factions of the Church were already fighting and about to cause social unrest in Agbani Road axis of the state.
“When the police got there, all efforts to make the worshippers co-worship, while we set a date to look into their grievances, proved abortive’.
“When the police personnel on ground saw that their violence and disagreement was getting out of hand; they have to gently lock-up the church premises to prevent bloodshed, arson and wanton destruction of property,’’ he added