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Police detain 4-yr-old girl, mother over N53,000 debt

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—A Yenagoa-based lawyer, Mr. Clarkson Amaebi, has called on the Police authorities to probe the circumstances that led to the detention of a woman and her four-year-old daughter at a police station overnight over debt of N53,000.

Amaebi, in a petition to the state Commissioner of Police, Elder Onuoha Udeka, said he was acting under the instruction of his client, Mrs. Suzane Appralla, a business woman.

According to him, his client wants the Police authorities to investigate the leadership of  A Division of the Nigeria Police and sanction the policemen that arrested Appralla and detained her along with her daughter, little Miss Ebimoboere Edmondson, for the pains and trauma they caused the innocent child.

Said Amaebi:   “Our client had a business transaction with one Madam Helen Abariowue, who supplied her with cloth valued at N1 million for sale.

“Our client paid N947,000 to the said Madam Abariowue and pleaded for time to enable her secure the balance of N53,000 from her debtors.”

Amaebi in his petition to the state police boss, said on the night of 12 May  2010, Abariowue went to his client’s house with a team of policemen and forcefully bundled her, with her four-year-old daughter, to the police station.

All efforts to secure his client’s bail he said proved abortive that night as the arresting police officers remained adamant.

“It is pertinent to state that the reason for the arrest and subsequent detention of our client was solely for the recovery of debt. But the officers (names withheld) have not given any cogent reason why innocent Ebimoboere was kept at the police station from 7pm on May 12 to 8am on May 13 to suffer for alleged crime her innocence could not comprehend,” he stated.

But the Police Public Relation Officer, Mr. Solomon Omoemin (ASP) said he was not conversant with the mater and promised to get further details from the A Division of the command.

He however said there was need to find out about the conduct of the woman when policemen called at her home.
“I’m not holding brief for anybody, but some of these people are their own problem. She could have left the baby at home. Did she not have somebody who could keep the child,”  he queried.


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