x
Global Affairs Magazine
Outrage trails reduction of ranks of police officers who survived attack by unknown gunmen
General News

Outrage trails reduction of ranks of police officers who survived attack by unknown gunmen

Outrage has greeted the decision of the police authorities to reduce the ranks of three police officers in the Nsukka division of the Nigeria Police Force in Enugu state after

  • PublishedSeptember 23, 2023

Outrage has greeted the decision of the police authorities to reduce the ranks of three police officers in the Nsukka division of the Nigeria Police Force in Enugu state after they narrowly survived death at the hands of unknown gunmen, a few months ago.

The officers: Inspector Ernest Ogbonna AP No 201118, Inspector Aboh Justin AP No 274182 and Inspector Kingsley Ugwuja AP No 326239 were reportedly on duty at a hot spot along Nsukka-Ibagwa Ani road, last June when they were attacked by over ten heavily armed hoodlums that came in a white Hilux and Siena bus.

The daredevil criminals opened fire on them and the gallant officers returned fire after which they fought them for about one hour. It was gathered that after the intense fire exchange, the police officers succeeded in repelling them and chased them away while some of the criminals sustained injuries. Unfortunately, during the exchange of fire, the criminals succeeded in setting fire to the police van but there was no loss of lives, police arms were intact and no member of the police team sustained any injury

Police sources said that after this narrow escape by the lucky officers, they were queried in the office and an orderly room trial was carried out. It was gathered that when the result of the trial came out, the gallant officers were reduced in rank, a decision that was also affirmed by the AIG at Zone 13, Ukpo, Anambra state who oversees the activities of police officers in Enugu and Anambra states.
The punishment, according to sources, sent shock waves amongst the rank and file of both commands as they have been victims of ceaseless attacks by criminals masquerading as unknown gunmen for long.

See also  Tinubu inaugurates renamed airport, agric projects in Minna

Police officers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid being punished told reporters that they had been in a very low spirit after the unfair punishment was meted out to the gallant officers. According to the officers, “Does it mean that the authorities expected them to die and be decorated in death after they performed so gallantly? There were only three ill-equipped officers but they were able to confront a heavily armed gang of criminals numbering over ten. They came out without injuries and loss of arms yet the accolade police gave them was to try them and reduce their ranks. This is outrageous and we cry to high heavens for justice.”

According to reports the concerned officers had since appealed against the injustice meted on them and are eagerly awaiting redress by the Inspector General of Police.

A human rights group in Enugu, Alliance for Justice argued that the morale of officers, especially in Enugu state is very low after the unfair orderly room trial of the officers.

The group’s spokesman, Dr. Okwui Eze lamented: “This is the greatest height of injustice I have seen in this century. Just a few days ago, gallant police officers and soldiers were gruesomely killed by these criminals in Imo state; see the incessant kidnappings now going on in Enugu state and at the end of the day, the police will wickedly treat their gallant officers that survived such attack in this heart-rending manner. Where then lies justice? How do you expect our long-suffering and ill-equipped officers and men to continue to fight criminals?

See also  HERDERS DON'T INTENTIONALLY DESTROY FARMS - FG

“We are appealing to the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun who has so far taken very pragmatic and commendable steps to fight crime and criminalities in the country to urgently address this callous and inhuman treatment meted on these three officers. There should be no recourse to insubordination as his timely action in this regard will highly restore the morale of his men in Enugu and Anambra states. The concerned officers must be duly rewarded by police authorities.”
Efforts to reach both the Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Daniel Ndukwe and Force Public Relations Officer, CP Muyiwa Adejobi in Abuja failed as messages and telephone calls sent to them were not replied to.

Written By
admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *