By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, Ahmad Abdurrahman has assured that a case of alleged assault on a female worker of Women Aid Collective (WACOL), by some personnel of the command is ongoing.
He gave the assurance in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel E. Ndukwe, made available on Sunday February 2, 2020.
“Following the news making the rounds on various media platforms, especially the social media, of the alleged case of rape committed by a suspect and the “beating to stupor” of a Woman Aid Collective (WACOL) staff by some personnel of the Enugu State Police Command, the Command wishes to state as follows:
“That at the time the incident was reported, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmad Abdurrahman, was in Abuja attending a seminar organized by the Inspector-General of Police,” it stated.
It explained that on receipt of the information, he immediately contacted WACOL, via Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, assuring her of a full-scale investigation into the matter to establish its veracity or otherwise.
“That so far, the scenes of the incidents have been visited, while all the parties involved, including WACOL Representatives as well as the parents and lawyers of the rape victim and suspect have been interviewed by a Team of Detectives led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the Command’s CID.
” That further to the above, the Commissioner of Police has set-up a Panel of Enquiry, headed by CSP Okey Ambrose, a Lawyer and a serving member of the Nigeria Police Force, to objectively look into the matter to ensure that justice prevails.
“That the parties have been advised to remain calm and maintain peace as well as desist from all forms of media sensationalism, as currently is the case, because media trial will not suffice.
“That the Command will continue to respect and maintain the existing partnership it had long established with WACOL and other Civil and Human Rights Organizations in the fight against crimes and criminality in the State, especially Sexual, Gender-based crimes and the protection of vulnerable persons/groups, including the case under investigation,” it explained.
The statement said that furthermore, the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, wishes to assure the general public, especially the peaceful and law-abiding citizens of Enugu State, that ongoing investigations into the matter will be meticulous, fair and just to bring anyone found culpable to book, irrespective of whose Ox is gored.