BY EMEKA MAMAH
ENUGU— The South-East zone of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has carpeted the police over its inability to cater for one of its own injured by armed robbers while guarding a first generation bank in Enugu State last May 25.
According to the group, this was not encouraging to other policemen who were prepared to pay the supreme price in the course of their duties.
The CLO in a letter addressed to the chairman of the Police Service Commission, PSC, and copied the Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, narrated the plight of Sgt Gift Ayebabogha, who was allegedly shot by robbers while guarding a bank at Ovoko in Igboeze South Local Government of Enugu State on the fateful day.
The letter entitled, ‘’Case of Sgt. Gift Ayebabogha (shot by armed robbers): bringing to fore the need for reform in respect of issues of welfare of the officers of the Nigeria Police Force,’’ was signed by the Zonal Director of CLO, Mr Olu Omotayo.
The letter read in part: ‘’Sgt Ayebabogha, was a policeman serving at Police Mobile Force, Mopol 3, Agbani Road, Enugu. Sometimes in May 2012, he was posted to guard the bank (name withheld) at Ovoko Branch. On the May 25, 2012, the bank was attacked by heavily armed robbers.
“In the ensuing gun duel, the Sergeant came under heavy fire from the robbers who out-numbered him. A shot from the AK 47 assault rifle of the robbers ripped open the intestine of the Sergeant and he fell inside the security house.
The robbers thinking that Sgt Ayebabogha had died ordered one of them to retrieve his riffle from him. Sgt Ayebabogha with the last energy in him used one hand to carry his falling intestine and used the other hand to launch another attack with his AK 47 rifle, killing the approaching armed robber while the others fled.
“The bank officials later rushed him to a hospital where he was operated upon, in a bid to save his life.”