Assault on Police officer: Coalition urges mental examination of VIPs
A coalition of women Civil Society Organisation has condemned the brutalisation of Inspector Teju Moses by her employer Prof Zainab Abiola and advocated the need to carry out a psycho-social assessment on Very Important Personalities (VIPs) before police personnel are attached to them.
This, the group said was to ascertain whether the VIPs have mental, psychological, social and emotional well-being to accommodate and work with police personnel.
They also called for the need to review the legal and administrative parameters under which force personnel especially the female gender are deployed to the VIPs, adding that the working and posting conditions of police service personnel on special duties across the country should be revisited.
Executive Director of Women Aid Collective (WACOL), Prof Joy Ezeilo, made the call on behalf of the coalition, while briefing newsmen in Abuja, alongside ActionAid and other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
While condemning the inhumane treatment, the women’s group condemned the fact that a human rights activist who is supposed to be an ambassador for human rights protection could conversely perpetrate a such crime against humanity and against her fellow woman.
She pointed out that the Nigerian 1999 Constitution has made copious provisions that protect human rights, including police officers, stating that assault of police officers in the course of carrying out official duty is a serious felony according to section 365 of the criminal code act.