A Divisional Police Officer in charge of Ikenne Division of Ogun State, Mr. Patrick Onwu, yesterday, went wild and beat a female traffic officer to coma for allegedly stopping his private vehicle.
The DPO, who was on mufti while he allegedly disobeyed the traffic law, was said to have driven into a nearby filling station, parked and changed into a police uniform.
He allegedly pounced on the traffic warden, Inspector Anifat Bello, who was discharging her official duty, at the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, junction, on IBB Boulevard way. The traffic warden, Anifat Bello, have been severally honoured for her dedication to duty. The victim was reportedly beaten to stupor by the senior officer who was coming into Abeokuta from Sagamu end of the Siun-Kopabe-Sagamu Expressway.
He was said to have dealt with the traffic warden for having the audacity to stop his private vehicle despite allegedly disobeying traffic laws. It will be recalled that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, had during a familarization visit of the state Police Commissioner, Abdulmajid Ali, recommended the traffic officer for a national honour. When contacted over the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident and said the Commissioner of Police, CP, was unhappy about the incident and had directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated.
He said: “The woman traffic officer has reported the matter to the CP and he has directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated. The CP was not happy when the woman came with a swollen face. If the allegation is true, I am very sure the CP will know what to do.”