Female officer attacked my household, threatened to kill me – Don

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ABUJA-based lawyer and human rights activist, Professor Zainab Duke Abiola, has denied assaulting her female police orderly, Inspector Teju Moses and called for the sack of Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba

The Mbaise born activist who made headlines for reportedly assaulting her police orderly for refusing to do some domestic chores she assigned to her, denied the news making rounds.

In a video clip that went viral on Wednesday, September 21, an officer in uniform was seen seated on the floor bleeding and asked to be taken to the hospital for medical attention.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, in a statement issued on Thursday on the matter said the academia and human rights activist grievously assaulted Moses, her orderly in company of some accomplices on Tuesday, September 20, at her residence in Garki, Abuja, following her refusal to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.

Adejobi stated that the suspects (Duke Abiola and one Rebecca Enechido, her domestic staff were arrested and kept in custody, while the police went after a fleeing male domestic worker, who is a complicit in the incident.

According to him, preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the professor cum legal professional and her domestic staff. He added that the IGP ordered express prosecution of the case.

But in a statement issued on her behalf by the Afro-European Lawyers League, the human rights activities said it was strange that the IGP will forcefully violate “the fundamental rights and liberties of a distinguished law-abiding citizen and proceed to forcefully take her pictures and maliciously publish same in the print and electronic media in this nascent democratic dispensation.”

She said the officer attacked her household and even threatened to kill her.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a fallacious malicious defamatory publication against our respected Alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Professor Zainab Duke Mni, alleging assault on one of her police Orderlies. We categorically state that this is NOT true and Nothing could be further from the truth. For the records our respected revered Professor Zainab has Never assaulted anybody anywhere at any time. It is not in her character.

“The facts are: 1. That on the 20th of April 2022 the IGP approved the revalidation and deployment of police Orderlies to our leader based on the fact that she is the Chief Legal Consultant to the Nigerian Police and has her office at the Force headquarters, Abuja.

“2. That the police consequently assigned a female police officer who was among the perpetrators of Violence against innocent Nigerian Citizens during the ENDSARS imbroglio.

“3. That consequent upon discovery of her Orderly’s involvement in police brutality against Nigerians that Professor Zainab rejected the posting of a brutal officer and returned the said Orderly back to Force Headquarters to her bosses and told her Bye bye on the 19th of September.

“4. That to our surprise around 10pm the former Orderly returned with a Vengeance banging on our gates with some dangerous weapons including a gun threatening to kill everybody in the compound and that the police Orderly beat up family members of the Professor’s household.

“5. That as can be seen in the video a crowd soon gathered and there was street brawling crowd fighting and loss of properties.

“6. That it is very strange that the IGP will forcefully, brutally and illegally violate the fundamental Rights and liberties of a distinguished law- abiding citizen and proceed to forcefully take her pictures and maliciously publish same in the print and electronic media in this nascent democratic dispensation.”

Calling for the sack of the IGP, the lawyers said: “We hereby call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sack the Inspector General of Police and bring him to book to face the consequences of this gross violation of our constitution as Alkali Baba Usman is NOT a fit and proper person to hold the office of IGP.”