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DELTA: Two Policemen Dismissed For Inflicting Heavy Injury On Newlywed


36-Yr-Old Man Undergo Brain Surgery Following Assault From Policemen In Delta. 

The Delta State Police Command has dismissed two policemen, Sergeants Felix Ebikabowei and Ndubuisi Abazie, for torturing a newlywed tricycle rider, Brodrick Omesan.

The cops’ dismissal was announced on Friday barely two weeks after a report by  PUNCH exposed the travails of 36-year-old Omesan who had to undergo brain surgery due to injuries inflicted on him by the cops.

His wife, Sandra Brodrick, had in a viral video recounted how some policemen attached to B Division, Warri, Delta State, brutalised him around 7pm on August 12 and left him for dead only to be rescued by a good Samaritan.

Brodrick was accused of riding against traffic, an allegation an eyewitness was said to have debunked.

Sandra lamented that his healing had been tough after undergoing the brain surgery and other treatment which cost about N5m, adding that Omesa barely responded to the urge to use the toilet and usually soiled his body.

She had alleged that the police were shielding the erring cops and refused to pay the hospital bill for Brodrick’s treatment.

But the spokesperson for the police in the state, DSP Bright Edafe, denied that the policemen were being shielded, claiming that they were undergoing an orderly room trial.

Bright, in a statement on Friday, said two policemen found culpable of the torture were on an illegal duty and had been dismissed.

He said, “After the close of work on August 12, 2021, Ebikabowei and Abazie conspired among themselves and engaged in an illegal duty along Estate Roundabout. They accosted one Broderick Omesan, 36, a tricycle rider, on Oviri Street, Agbaroh. 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. The victim was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.”

He said the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ali, upon receiving the complaint directed that the case be transferred to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for “discreet and unbiased investigation.”

The PPRO added, “Investigation later revealed that the two officers have a case to answer on the serious assault on the victim who is still in a critical condition. The CP again ordered that they should face 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.”

Bright said the CP sympathised with the family of the victim and ordered that the dismissed policemen remain in custody at the SCIID prior to their prosecution.

Commenting on the development, Sandra applauded the cops’ dismissal but noted that justice would not be completed until the police reimbursed the family for the hospital bill.

She said, “Even if they dismissed them, we have not been able to repay the money we borrowed to treat him. Police have not given us one naira. Dismissing them is not enough. Those who lent us money have been disturbing us.

“My husband can’t do anything yet. Where will I get the means to feed him, buy drugs, and take him to the hospital for checkups? They should pay the money. The person they sent to negotiate with us offered us N800,000 which is too small.”

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