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Crime Updated: May 21, 2024

Anambra: Officer arrested for beating tricycle operator with rifle

By Rasheed Olajide Awoniyi
May 21, 2024
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The Anambra State Police Command has detained a police officer who was seen on camera beating up a tricycle operator with the nozzle and buttstock of his official AK-47 weapon.

There was an uproar over the incident and in response, the state police command's spokesperson, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, stated in a press release that the individual had been identified and arrested for interrogation.

Ikenga said: “We wish to let the members of the public know that the police officer seen on a viral video assaulting a citizen has been identified.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Nnaghe Obono Itam, ordered immediate disciplinary proceedings to commence on the incident.

“The CP reiterated that the command under his watch would not tolerate any form of unprofessional conduct by police personnel and emphasized the need for officers to be courageously calm when dealing with the civil populace, especially when being provoked.”

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Ikenga stated that the command was requesting that the victim shown in the video come forward to assist in the investigation into the attack.

He also reminded civilians to always respect civil authorities and follow the law while interacting with law enforcement officers.

Meanwhile, Faith Nwonye, a 30-year-old teacher at Landmark School in Mgbakwu, Awka North Local Government Area, Anambra State, has been arrested for allegedly beating an eight-year-old student into a coma.

Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, the Commissioner for Education, informed the media in her office on Monday that the school had been permanently closed by the state government.

Chuma-Udeh further said that she had summoned the school's owner and Nwonye to explain the situation that resulted in the brutalisation of the primary two students.

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The commissioner indicated that the school was shuttered due to both the incident and its illegality. 

She said, “We received this unfortunate incident from an illegal school in Mgbakwu that a child was beaten to a coma over the weekend.

“On behalf of the State Government, we invited the proprietress of the illegal school as well as the teacher who purportedly beat the child.

“We’ve handed the matter to the police for further investigations, as we await Mr Governor’s directives. Meanwhile, the school is closed down indefinitely because it’s not supposed to exist in the first instance.”

She conveyed her concern over the situation while lamenting that the victim, who is presently in hospital, has a 20% chance of life, according to the doctor.

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"Beating a child is a crime, regardless of whether the school is authorised. According to the doctor, the child's odds of survival are 20%," she explained.

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