Police in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, have arrested one Professor Zainab Duke Abiola and some of her domestic staff for assaulting her police orderly, Teju Moses, a police inspector.
The video of a female mobile police officer bleeding from her forehead after she was allegedly assaulted by domestic workers of the professor, who is also a human rights activist, surfaced on social media on Tuesday.
The police officer was assaulted after she refused to breach the professional code of ethics as ordered by the professor.
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However, the police authorities on Wednesday ordered the professor’s arrest and others involved in the alleged assault against the police officer.
“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal, who is a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff comprising the housemaid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large,” a statement by the police on Wednesday said.
“Zainab Duke, a Mbaise-born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in the 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.
“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 statement added that the IGP had tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.
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 as to violate the rights of another, the police said.