Prof Duke, human rights lawyer, maid arrested over ‘grievous assault on woman police officer’

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*IGP condemns act, orders express prosecution of case

By KEMI KASUMU, ABIRHIRE THOMAS AND OBANYAGBON BENEDICT, Abuja

 

“It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.”

 

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has strongly condemned the grievous assault on a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal, Prof Zainab Duke Abiola, as shown in the video here linked:… https://t.co/pUi1gb8mkp

Prof Duke has been further identified in a statement by the Force Headquarters to be a legal practitioner and human rights activist, with her domestic staff compromising of a house maid, Rebecca Enechido, and a male staff, both of whom she instructed to also take part in assaulting the woman police officer.

It will be recalled in an earlier report that a professor, Zainab Duke, assaulted the police officer and also engaged the service of her maids to join in beating her up to exhaustion and still claimed, arrogantly, that nothing would happen to her as she is friend to the wife of the Police IG.

The DEFENDER could see from the viral video to the effect, how she was battling for her life requesting for drinking, although advised not to be given water at that state to save her life.

Suspects

From the video, we could also hear a male sympathiser saying, “I am going to see the IG now myself and I am going to find out who approved a woman police officer to be attached to this woman”.

According to the police statement signed by Force PRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Zainab Duke, an Mbaise born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September, 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.

“The IGP has directed the express prosecution of the arrested suspects who are currently in Police custody, as the preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the Professor and her domestic staff.

“The IGP has equally tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law,” Adejobi said.

The Force Headquarters also disowned the professor, who had allegedly claimed to be friend of the wife of the Police IG and therefore boasted nothing would happen to her.

“It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.

“The Inspector-General of Police who similarly ordered the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the Professor, expressed consternation at the fact that an individual who claims to be an advocate for Human Rights could stoop so low to violate the rights of another individual, a police officer tasked with ensuring her protection,” the Force said in the CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi’s statement.


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