April 19, 2024

Yakubu Condemns Police Action On Handcuffed Citizen In Ekpoma

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By Simeon OSAJIE

The attention of a former Chairman of Esan North-East Local Government Council, Hon. John Yakubu has been drawn to a viral video on the internet where some Policemen in Ekpoma attempted to run over a man in handcuff and apparently in their custody.

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He described the action as the height of Police brutality against defenceless citizens which must be condemned by all right thinking persons.

He said whatever crime the young man would have committed, the Police had no right to subject him to such a dehumanising treatment on a citizen and called on the Police High Command to investigate the matter speedily and bring the erring policemen to book not only to serve as a deterrent to other officers of the law but to possibly forestall a citizens unrest in the mould of the #Endsars demonstration and in reaction to this ugly incident.

Hon. Yakubu said in civilised climes, where possible, the Police prevents citizens from committing suicide because it’s a crime to so do,let alone be the one attempting to take the life of a citizen. Events of such nature makes a mockery of the popular slogan ‘Police is your friend.’

He said that such incident demonstrates clearly that the Nigerian Police need to be told in clear terms that its primary responsibility is to defend the Nigerian people and not to brutalize them and called for constant training of its workforce to drum home this point.

He urged the people to be calm while awaiting the intervention of the Police authority on the matter

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