By Augustine Ehikioya
Worried by an ugly incident in Abuja on Tuesday, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered express prosecution of suspects in connection with grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses.
Inspector Teju Moses, was said to have been assaulted by her principal who is a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), the IGP has strongly condemned the act.
It reads “The IGP strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal who is a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff comprising the house maid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large.
“Zainab Duke, an Mbaise born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September, 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.
“The IGP has directed the express prosecution of the arrested suspects who are currently in Police custody, as the preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the Professor and her domestic staff.”
The IGP, the statement said, has equally tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.
It added “It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.”
The Inspector-General of Police, it said, has similarly ordered the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the Professor and also expressed consternation at the fact that “an individual who claims to be an advocate for Human Rights could stoop so low to violate the rights of another individual, a Police Officer tasked with ensuring her protection.”