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WACOL, ActionAid, others condemn assault on police orderly, calls for proper investigation, prosecution

*As Police Commission Calls for a Review of SPU Unit Operations

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JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja

 

The Women’s Aid Collective WACOL a women rights group, the ActionAid, a non-governmental organization and other organisations championing the protection of rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups in Nigeria have condemned the recent assault on a Police Orderly by one Prof. Zainab Abiola a lawyer and human right counsel resident in Garki Abuja.

 

The group described the action of the professor as barbaric, savagery and reprehensible, condemned the action and commended the prompt arrest of the suspect and her housemaid by the Police authorities as well as asking for the reform of the service structure of the nation’s security agencies.

 

The Founding Director of WACOL Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Country Director ActionAid Ms Ene Obi and other women right advocates at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday called for proper investigation of the incident by the Police authorities including the psychological dispositions of Very Important Personalities VIPs that apply for and get the services of Police protection.

 

Ezeilo a professor of Public Law described the action of the woman arrested in connection of the incident as felony noting that both the Nigerian laws, the Penal Code and Criminal Code condemns such action by an person or authority in the country.

 

They condemned the action of brutality of the Police Orderly by the woman she was working with on Tuesday September 20, 2022 at the residence of the suspect at Garki Abuja saying that as a lawyer she was supposed to be an advocate of human right abuses and not culprit.

 

According to the ActionAid Country Director, the Police authorities should properly look at the individuals that they assign these Police officers to as special protection and review the welfare of such personnel.

 

She equally said they should set up a panel to assess how these security officers are being treated by their employers on these kind of special duties.

 

 

Similarly, the Police Service Commission PSC has said that its attention had been drawn to reports of the assault on a Police Orderly, Inspector Teju Moses attached to one Prof. Zainab Abiola said to be a Lawyer and Human Rights Activist.

 

It noted that Inspector Moses of the Special Protection Unit of the Nigeria Police Force was said to have been battered by her Principal and aides for refusing to carry out unlawful orders.

 

The Commission condemns this act which it considers barbaric and inhuman. It sees the assault as a direct threat to national security and a calculated attempt to ridicule the Nigeria Police Force and what it stands for.

 

While the Commission calls for immediate investigation and prosecution of all characters involved in the show of shame, it notes that the operations of the Special Protection Unit SPU, should be reviewed to ensure that only few Nigerians who genuinely deserve such protection are availed this service.

The Commission frowns at the abuse of Police Orderlies by Nigerians who now use them as status symbols or convert them to house helps who clean, cook or do menial jobs.

It noted that with the security problems ravaging the nation, there  is an urgent need to free many Police Officers loitering in private houses and following ‘big men’ around.

 

The Commission in a statement issued by its Spokesman Ikechukwu Ani also call on the Police hierarchy to quickly put a stop to this practice and concentrate it’s efforts in policing and protecting a greater number of vulnerable Nigerians.

 

Other women rights campaigners as the International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA, the Network for Police Reforms and other right advocates also condemned the latest assualt on a Police personnel calling the authorities to ensure that Justice is served on the culprit.

 

 

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