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Woman arraigned for allegedly slapping policeman who demanded N50 bribe from motorcyclist

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The police on Monday arraigned a 27-year-old woman, Faith Michael, in a Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly slapping and intimidating a police officer.

Michael was arraigned on a five-count, bordering on a joint act, obstructing public servant from discharging lawful duties, assault, defamation of character and intimidation, offences she denied committing.

The prosecutor, Vincent Osuji, told the court that one Sergeant David Akoru, reported the matter at the Karu Police Station, Abuja, on April 15. He said that the complainant alleged that on April 14, the defendant with an unidentified man assaulted and intimidated him.

“While the complainant was at his duty post at CBN junction, Karu, Abuja, he intercepted a commercial motorcycle rider. The defendant who was a passenger stopped him from discharging his duties and alleged that the complainant forcefully demanded N50 from the motorcyclist.

“Before the complainant knew what was going on, the defendant brought an unidentified man, currently at large, who slapped him and intimidated him, boasting that they will remove his uniform,” Osuji said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences are contrary to and punishable under Sections 79, 149, 267, 392 and 397 of the Penal Code.

The judge, Hassan Ishaq, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20,000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until May 18, for hearing.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested and dismissed the officer who shot dead a motorcyclist in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital last Wednesday, a spokesperson said.

Police spokesperson, Loveth Odah, said the suspect had been summarily dismissed from the force and would be charged to court with murder.

“We are appealing for peace and order; there is no way the police command would condone such dastardly act. If I may tell you, the suspect, Sgt. Onyebuchi Nweke, was tried at the department level and was summarily dismissed from the force. He will be charged to court this week.

“We are the only force or institution that washes our dirty linen in public. What happened is indeed unfortunate; if any Okada rider was arrested or his bike confiscated following the incident, as soon as there is calm, they will be released and the bike returned.”

Ofim Ejike was shot along the popular Waterworks Road in Abakaliki by Onyebuchi Nweke, a police sergeant attached to the Anti-kidnapping squad of the state police command. The motorcyclist was accosted by police officers of the Anti-Kidnapping squad at Anan World junction by Waterworks Road.

A source who witnessed the incident said the victim, who was in his 20s, had a female passenger when he was flagged down by the officers who are notorious for extorting motorists at night at the junction.

“When they stopped him, they demanded for their usual N50 but he gave them N20 and wanted to drive off when ọne of them opened fire on him. The bullet shattered his head and he died instantly,” said the source. It could not be immediately ascertained if the female passenger of the slain cyclist was also hit by the bullets.

The incident caused pandemonium as residents along the road and adjourning streets attempted to lynch the officers. They also used tyres to set bonfires on the road. But the arrival of a detachment of police officers to the scene saved the day as they used teargas to dispel the crowd while also shooting sporadically into the air.

The motorcyclists, however, regrouped the next day, Thursday and embarked on protest round the city causing traffic gridlock on major roads.


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