Ogbonnaya Ikoku, Umuahia
A housewife, Mrs. Nkechiyere Madudonu, has sent a petition to the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, over an assault on her by three policemen.
Mrs. Madudonu stated that Joseph Naake, Ochula, Obinna and one other policeman fired teargas at her and her four children while they were inside the car.
The incident reportedly happened at a police checkpoint on the old Aba road near the Isi-Court junction in Umuahia, the state capital, last week Wednesday.
In a three-page petition made available to Southern City News, Madudonu, who hails from Umuntu Olokoro, Umuahia South Local Government Area, said that she was assaulted by the policemen on her way to pick her children from their school on Factory road, Umuahia.
The petition was signed by a legal practitioner in Umuahia, Barrister Chukwuemeka Adaiwo ESQ.
Narrating her ordeal, Madudonu said the team of the security agents stopped her car and requested the particulars and her driver’s licence.
She added that she gave them the vehicle papers, but discovered that she had left her driver’s licence in her handbag in her shop.
According to her, she pleaded with the policemen to allow her to cross over to her shop and get the licence, but they refused and said they would arrest her.
She said, “I pleaded with the police officers for them to allow me to go and fetch my driver’s licence. But the officers told me that they would arrest me. They equally collected my car key from me. But after pleading with them for some time, they allowed me to go and get my licence.
“When I returned, I gave them my driver’s licence. But having seen the papers and the driver’s licence, they demanded for money from me. I insisted that I would not give them any money.
“Their leader followed me to where they repacked my car and started telling me that he wanted to know me more. I told him to forget that and give me my car papers and keys.
“He held my hands, but I removed his hand from my hand and asked him to leave me. It was by God’s intervention that I regained my papers and the car key from them.
“But on my way back, after picking my children from school, I equally encountered the same group of policemen who were on the same roadblock.
“Having seen me, they stopped me again and I asked them what the problem was again. The one that stopped me, laughed and asked me to go, but the one that had insisted I must give them money still blocked me and started firing tear-gas into my car.
“Then, I came down from the car; fell down and started convulsing. The incident attracted passersby and the said policemen ran away from the scene of the incident.”
Madudonu disclosed that it took the intervention of passersby to revive her before contacting her husband, Dr. Uche Madudonu, who took her to the hospital for medical attention.
She urged the Commissioner of Police to investigate the case of assault against her with a view to bringing the said policemen to book.
“I was informed that the said policemen were from World Bank Police Station, Umuahia. The vehicle they used had the inscription Rebot 1 Area Command.
“I want the CP to act promptly on the matter so as to fish out the bad eggs in the Nigeria Police Force and bring sanity to the system,” she stated.
The Commissioner of Police in the State Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, confirmed the receipt of the petition and promised that the allegation would be investigated.
He added that appropriate disciplinary measures would be taken against the said policemen if found guilty.
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