Mrs. James on hospital bed
I hope this story is really not true. So much injustice
taking place in this country because someone is a mere mobile policeman. Lord
have mercy. I really just hope this is not true. And if it is, the man needs to
leave their little Idimu community and its police station to make complaints at
higher quarters. This is unheard of! The story;
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.
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
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
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
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 than 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
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.
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
attacked by Olorunda, his brothers and their friends. They hit my husband with
dangerous objects. In the process I fell down. They kicked me continuously on
the stomach until I passed out, only to wake up to find myself in the hospital
a week after.”
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 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.
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.