Police officer allegedly removes neighbour’s teeth with punches

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Uba Group

BY AGNES NWORIE, ABAKALIKI

A Deputy Superintendent of Police simply identified as Eze, attached to the Central Police Station, Ebonyi State Police Command, has been accused of attacking and inflicting injury on his female neighbour, Patience Obot.

The police officer was said to have rained punches on the woman till two of her teeth pulled out during a brawl in their residence, in Abakaliki, the state capital.

The matter was reported at the CPS by the state Gender-Based Violence team, a non-governmental organization.

It was gathered that Eze and Obot engaged in a fracas following an argument that erupted between them in their residence recently.

During a visit to the Commissioner of Police, Garba Aliyu, in his office in Abakaliki recently, the GBV team expressed worries that the police officer had not been invited for interrogation in respect of the alleged assault of his neighbour.

The team, led to the CP by its state Coordinator, Faith Vin-Nwancho, frowned at the police officer’s attitude to his female neighbour.

Reporting the matter to the CP, Vin-Nwancho said, “There is a DSP in the state police command, his name is DSP Eze. He brutally attacked a woman, Patience Obot, and removed two of her teeth. He (Eze) has not been arrested.”

The CP, however, said that he was not aware of the alleged case of assault but assured the complainants that he would not condone such act.

Condemning the incident, Aliyu said, “I am not aware and if it’s a policeman, that matter supposed to come to me and it is not a matter of arrest. We have procedures in dealing with a police officer. If it is a senior or junior police officer, the procedures are there in the public service rule. We have the guiding rules and such a thing, when it happens, I will not keep quiet.

“I want you (GBV team) to follow it up. In which division did it happen? Between my God and me, I am hearing it for the first time and they would not allow me to hear it because if they allowed me to hear it, it is going to be disastrous. Probably, it may lead to his dismissal; it may lead to so many things because I will not compromise.

“Probably, they are trying to manage it there. If you have some of these issues, try to put it in writing. Let’s see what we can do.”