Human Right lawyer, Barrister Onuora Odo has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba over the assault and dehumanization meted on Sergeant Helen Onoja in Enugu, allegedly by her superior, one ACP Okenla Oluseyi, urging the police boss to wade into the matter with a view of not only investigating the incidence, but ensuring that those found culpable are made to face the full wrath of the law.
Copies of the petition obtained by Oceanicnews indicates that the petition was submitted at the force headquarters on Monday, March 14, 2022. It was also gathered from a reliable source that the petition has been acknowledged, approved and case assigned to an officer whose identity was yet to be made public as at the time of going to press, for investigation.
Recall that ACP Okenla Oluseyi in collaboration with his orderly, one Emmanuel Orji, at Abakpa Nike Area Command Enugu, on February 11 2022, allegedly beat up and dumped Sergeant Helen Onoja into the cell for wanting to use the toilet.
An eyewitness who narrated the story to Sahara Reporters said:
“As she was going into our office which is the Area Command to answer the call of nature, our ‘Oga’ (boss), ACP Okenla saw her and ordered her to go back to her traffic point despite the officer explaining to him that she wanted to use the toilet.
“I was there, the woman immediately obeyed him and returned to the junction without using the toilet. While back on her duty post, ACP Okenla sent Cpl Daniel Onyia to go and call her for him.
“On her way back to our office, ACP Okenla blocked her with his orderly at the gate and started brutalising her; we were shocked. They started kicking this woman I learnt is a nursing mother with shoes. She was really beaten and dragged on the dusty side of the road like a common criminal in a police uniform in public for no justifiable reason.
“She was subsequently bundled inside a police cell with injuries. The Area Commander threatened that he would treat her like a common criminal and nothing would happen. I’m not surprised by his statement though because he is known for assaulting those of us working directly under him.
“The woman was detained overnight and released around 10 am the following day. And as if that was not enough for a nursing mother, this man who doesn’t have the fear of God at all followed the lady up with disciplinary action. I heard him vowing to ruin her career.
“He said and I quote: ‘I will deal with you whether you like it or not, I think you want to become an Inspector, let me see how you will wear the rank’. This is a mother of four children I learnt has been using her little salary to take care of her family.
“Till now, we don’t know what this policewoman did to ACP Okenla. Age-wise, they aren’t mates. In terms of ranks, the difference is clear, so why would he just punish an innocent officer for an unknown reason? The police authorities should look at this injustice, even those of us working under Okenla are afraid of what will happen to us soon.”