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Plumber loses 8 teeth to police brutality

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—A plumber, Mr. Iroroevun Isiakpere, has lost eight of his teeth and a broken jaw to the bargain after he was manhandled by a police constable (names withheld) at a checkpoint at Kokori, in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
Vanguard learnt that Isiakpere, who was to have written his Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, slated for Saturday, 17 April 2010, could not do so as a result of his battery by the policeman.

The constable was said to have hit the victim who was on his way to Abraka with a baton after he was signalled to move on with his motorcycle, with number plate, DT 88O1 WX, by one of the three policemen at the checkpoint.

Though Isiakpere was rushed to Ughelli General Hospital, Ughelli, for treatment by policemen and sympathizers, the Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, which has taken up his matter, said the police at Kokori was shielding the culprit from justice.

National Coordinator of the forum, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, in a petition to the Inspector General of Police  said:   “It is our brief that on Monday, 5 April 2010 at about 10:20 a.m. , our client, a plumber by profession, while riding his motorcycle with number plate: DT 8801 WX from Kokori town, en-route Abraka town, was violently hit on the mouth with a police baton by a constable (names withheld) at a police checkpoint mounted illegally by three policemen attached to the Kokori Police Post after one of the policemen had signalled our client to continue his aforesaid journey.”

It was gathered that as a result of the injury, the plumber only feeds on liquid and requires further urgent specialist treatment of his broken jaw.

According to Ikimi, “It is also our brief that in the course of the aforesaid serious assault unleashed on our client by the said constable, our client lost eight of his teeth and sustained a broken chin.

“It is also our further brief that our client was subsequently taken to the General Hospital, Ughelli by the said policemen in company of sympathizers, wherein our client was operated upon and admitted for one week before he was eventually discharged, and currently, our client is an out patient.

“Furthermore, our client as a result of his above predicament could not write his Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination slated for Saturday, 17 April 2010.”

Ikimi told the IGP that despite the above predicament of the victim, “the  head of Kokori Police Post has continued to shield the aforesaid police culprit from prosecution and has abandoned our client to foot his further treatment and surgery alone.

“In the light of the foregoing, we call on you, sir, to institute a comprehensive investigation into the above case in a bid to arresting and prosecuting the said culprit as justice delayed is justice denied.”


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