By Esther Onyegbula
Medical doctors in an undisclosed private hospital at Idimu area of Lagos, are currently battling to save the life of a pregnant woman, Mrs. Gloria James who was allegedly beaten to a state of coma by children of a Mobile Policeman attached to MOPOL 20, Inspector Richard Ekpo, last Friday.
Unfortunately for the woman, efforts by doctors to save her first two months pregnancy failed .
Mrs. Gloria Oluwatomiwa James was allegedly first attacked by one of the policeman’s son identified simply as Olorunda in front of her shop at Idimu Mammy market during a verbal confrontation.
Trouble, as gathered, started when she demanded for an apology from Olrunda whom she said stepped on her while he was going to smoke Indian hemp from a local dealer around her shop.
Eye witnesses told Crime Guard that the area is not only noted for smoking Indian hemp but also a haven for cultists . Although, there had reportedly been several raids and subsequent arrests by policemen, but that has not stopped the deed.
Rather than apologise, Olorunda, as gathered, reportedly was not any remorseful but confronted her. He allegedly pounced on the pregnant woman for daring to ask him to apologise and gave her a thorough beating.Consequently she was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Crime Guard learnt also that when her husband went to report the ugly development to the Mobile Policeman, he was also attacked by his children. The seriously wounded woman narrated how the incident happened to Crime Guard on her hospital bed.
Explaining with difficulty owing to the bruises on her mouth she said, “Last Friday , I was sitting in front of my boutique because there was no light,when a youn g man came to buy Indian hemp from one of the local dealers around. As he was trying to sneak in to avoid being seen,he stepped on my feet. As I bent to move his leg,he asked why I was touching him rather than apologise. Even when I showed him the sand from the sole of his slippers that was still on my feet, he still insisted that he didn’t step on me. An argument ensued during which he threathened to deal ruthlessly with me if I opened my mouth to talk again. Before I could respond, he slapped and started hitting me.
“Other shop owners who came to rescue me from his grips withdrew immediately they discovered he was the one. This is because everyone is afraid of him in that area. That was how he continued to hit me, even when I ran inside my shop. It took the intervention of a policeman in uniform to rescue me from him.”
She continued, “ As I was nursing my wound , he came back and demanded that I should give him N18, 000 for his gold necklace. I told him I didn’t see any necklace on him when he came and before I knew it, he continued from where he stopped. He went ahead to destroy my wares… At that point, I ran to a corner of the shop and picked up my phone to call my husband. Immidiately he saw me, he dared me to call anyone ,boasting that he was the son of a Mobile Policeman and that nobody can do anything to him. When I had the opportunity, I sneaked out to Idimu Police division to lodge a complain.
“Immediately I told the policemen that I was beaten by the son of a Mobile Policeman, they looked the other way.Then, all of a sudden, I started feeling funny and started vomiting. Rather tan sympathise with me, the policemen at the counter drove me outside, saying I should not mess up the environment. I went outside as directed and sent a text message to my husband to rush to the station that I was dying.
“When he came, one of the policemen told him to take me to the hospital. Even when he appealed to the policemen to effect the arrest of their colleague’s son who was still destroying things in my shop, they refused.
“Out of pity , one of the policemen whom I contacted earlier drove in with a van and voluntered to take me to the hospital. We, however , went to my husband’s shop first to take some money. On our way back, we stopped by Inspector Ekpo’s house to inform him of his son’s action. But his wife walked us out of her compound.
Immediately we came out of the barracks gate,we were attacked by Olorunda, his brothers and their friends. They hit my husband with dangerous objects. In the process I fell down. They kicked me continously on the stomach until I passed out, only to wake up to find my self in the hospital a week after.”
Collaborating her claim, her husband alleged that when he went to report the case at Idimu division, he was thrown inside the cell on the instruction of the Mobile Policeman whose children manhandled his wife. I was released after four days.
“ Again, when I went to open my shop, Inspector Akpo came again with his children to attack me, asking who told me to open the shop. I was teargased inside a supermarket where I had run into to take refuge. Since then, I have not opened my shop,” he lamented.
Following this development, Crime Guard reliably gathared that after getting a strongly worded petition, Force Headquarters, Abuja ordered the immediate arrest of Inspector Ekpo while his children are presently on the run.