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Court remands professor accused of assaulting her orderly in prison

A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting in Abuja has remanded Prof Zainab Duke Abiola in Suleja Custodial Centre over the assault on Inspector Teju Moses, a police orderly attached to her.

Abiola, a professor of law, was arraigned alongside her domestic aide, Rebecca Enechido. In a viral video clip, the officer was seen seated on the floor asking to be taken to hospital for medical attention.

The police accused Abiola of attempt to commit culpable homicide and intentional insult to cause a breach of trust.

The court denied the professor bail, ordered that she be remanded in Suleja Custodial Centre and the case adjourned till October 5, 2022. 

Abiola has continued to deny the accusation.

Review deployment to vips

Some women groups have called for a review of legal administrative parameters used for deployment of force personnel to very important personalities (VIPs) to avert assault, sexual abuse and other inhumane treatment meted on them.

They made the call at a joint press conference in Abuja over the alleged recent assault and human right abuse of Inspector Teju Moses by Prof. Zainab Abiola.

The Founder, Women Aid Collective, Professor Joy Ezeilo who described the incident as barbaric and inhumane, called for thorough investigation to establish the culpability of the suspects and prosecution.

She decried the plights of security forces attached to VIPs, who are often abused physically, psychologically and used in manners inconsistent with their line of official duty.

Also, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Mrs. Ene Obi commended the Inspector General of Police for acting promptly in responding to right violations and arrest of the suspects.

She further, advocated a panel to conduct a survey or assessment on how officers assigned to private citizens were treated and ensure the Nigerian Police Force support the development and implementation of workplace policy to address GBV.

The Chairperson,  International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Abuja Branch, Ms. Chibuzo Nwosu said the association cannot prosecute, but would monitor the prosecution and ensure justice is served.

Meanwhile, Mr Emmanuel Ikule of the Network of Police Reform in Nigeria foundation said cases of abuse meted on orderlies and special duty officers were recurring, and called for immediate action to forestall it.

Professor Abiola was alleged to have assaulted her police orderly, Inspector Teju Moses on Tuesday at her residence in Abuja following refusal to carry out menial and domestic chores at her residence.

Reporting by Azizatu Sani, Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu