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Police dismiss 2 officers for assaulting tricyclist

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The Delta State Police Command has dismissed two of its officers for assaulting a keke (tricycle) rider.

The dismissed officers have been identified as Felix Ebikabowei and Ndubuisi Abazie, both of them sergeant.

After closing at work in their station in Wari on August 12, the two officers, instead of going home, chose to engage in “illegal duty” on the road, where they assaulted the keke rider, Brodrick Omesan, the police spokesperson in Delta State, Bright Edafe, said in a statement on Friday.

“An argument ensued between the policemen and the victim during which they allegedly pushed and beat him up, as a result of which he sustained serious injuries on the head.

The victim was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment,” Mr Edafe, a deputy superintendent of police, said.

The 36-year-old victim is said to be in critical condition in the hospital.

“The two officers, who were tried for the offence of incivility to members of the public, disobedience to lawful order contrary to Paragraph E (iii) First Schedule of the Police Act and Regulations 370, Paragraph F of Police Act and Regulations CAP P.9 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004 were found guilty on both counts and have been dismissed from the force W.E.F 14/9/2021,” the statement said.

The dismissal was ordered by the Commissioner of Police in Delta, Muhammed Ali.

Mr Ali said the dismissed officers would remain in detention at the State Criminal Investigation Department, and would be charged soon.

He condoled with the family of the victim and warned officers in the state against abuse of human rights.

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