By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”Ebonyi State Commissioner ofÂ Police, Mr. Kachi Udeoji, has confirmed the arrest of his men, who flouted the state governmentâ€™s ban on commercial motorcycle, not toÂ ply dual carriage ways in the state capital, Abakaliki.
The officers were arrested following a petition to the State Governor by the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Paul Okorie,Â wherein he decried the level of battery and assaults suffered by the members of the task force in the hands of some policemen in the state.
Mr. Udeoji said the police regrets the actions of the mobile policemen and some soldiers, who perpetuated what he described as shameful, adding that the affected policemen have been arrested over the matter and would be dealt with after investigations.
The CP maintained that the assaulted members of the task force committee,Â had been notified and would soon be called upon to identify the policemen, who they saw at the scene of the incident. He addedÂ that the image of the police in the state must be protected against the erring members of the force.
â€œWe have made some arrests, but you know they work shift and we have been able to identify the vehicle the suspected officers used that day and we are now ready to call on the members of the task force committee to identify the policemen, who beat them up, after which the police authorities will discipline them because it is a shameful act on the image of the force.â€
He stated that “on November 12, 2009, members of the task force were brutalized by mobile policemen at a check point at Umuoghara Junction, seized their motorcycles and collected the sum ofN5,000 from each of them.”
Report had it that the police menace continued on November 16, 2009 in front of the Command headquarters,Â where a group of mobile policemen, numbering overÂ 40 pounced on the men of the task force and beat up the three Civil Defense Officers attached to them.
The CP, however, frowned at the action of the policemen, sayingÂ that the police was notÂ in any way trying to scuttle the policies of the state government, adding that the police had no hand in the enforcement of the motorcycle law of whatever magnitude but the work of the task force. He called on the people of the state to report any further interference of the police.