The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Delta State Command, has disclosed that it has dismissed two officers attached to the command for assaulting a tricycle operator during illegal operation.
The two dismissed officers, identified as Sgt. Felix Ebikabowei and Ndubuisi Abazie, were said to have seriously assaulting the tricycle operator identified as Brodrick Omesan last month.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Bright Edafe, who confirmed the development said that the two officers were until their dismissal attached to ‘B’ Division Warri area of the state.
Through a statement on Friday, Edafe said that the officers had after the close of work on 12th August 2021, conspired among themselves and engaged in Illegal duty along estate roundabout Warri.
According to him, they accosted a Tricycle Rider one Brodrick Omesan ‘m’ age 36 years of Oviri street Agbarho. An argument ensued between the policemen and the victim during which they allegedly pushed and beat him up which led to serious injuries on his head.
He added that “the victim was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment” and that upon receiving the complaints, the state’s Commissioner of police immediately directed that the case be transferred to SCID for discreet and unbiased investigation.
“Investigation later revealed that the two officers have a case to answer on the serious assault on the victim who is still in critical condition. The CP again ordered that they should face the internal disciplinary action and the command provost was directed to try them in an orderly room.
“The two officers who were tried for the offence of incivility to members of the public, disobedience to lawful order contrary to paragraph E(iii) first schedule of the police act and regulations 370 paragraph F of police act and regulations CAP P.9 laws of the federal republic of Nigeria 2004 were found guilty on both counts and have been dismissed from the force W.E.F 14/9/2021.
“The CP while condoling with the family of the victim has ordered that the dismissed policemen remain in custody at the state criminal investigation department and they will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded,” the statement said.