By Ovedhe Hezekiah.
Miffed by the trending video of some policemen assaulting some persons at Ekredjebor community in Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Wale Abass has condemned the act, calling for the detention of the officers involved.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe disclosed this in a statement to journalists, positing that, the officers involved will face internal disciplinary mechanisms put in place and punishment in line with the extant laws as stipulated in the police act and regulations.
The statement read in parts; “The command is aware of a trending video recorded at Ekredjebor community in Ughelli North LGA. The video, which captions some policemen who went there for an operation, was seen carrying planks and assaulting some persons. The Command wishes to state that the act of the officers concerned is condemnable and absolutely unacceptable.
“It is not in the command character to assault members of the public who we are supposed to protect. More so, planks are not part of police accoutrements, and it is absolutely unprofessional of them to assault members of the public in whatever guise.”
The statement further added; “The erring officers have been identified and the Commissioner of Police Delta State, CP Wale Abass has directed the immediate detention of the officers and internal disciplinary mechanisms have been put in place to ensure that they are punished in line with the extant laws as stipulated in the police act and regulations to serve as a deterrent to others.
“The CP, while condemning the malfeasance conduct of the officers, also urges members of the public to remain calm and assures them of the Command’s commitment to dealing with any officer who disregards the human rights of any person.
“To this end, members of the public are urged to call any of the following numbers and report cases of abuse to human rights or any other infractions by Policemen of the Command. The PPRO’s Office can be contacted through the following numbers
+234 915 557 0008, +234 915 557 0007
Or the Command Control Room via +234 803 668 4974.”