Monday, April 6, 2020

COVID 19: Two policemen arrested for contravening IGP’s lockdown rules in Abia

Abia Police command has arrested two policemen in Ikwuano and Isiala Ngwa North LGAs for contravening the Inspector General of Police, IGP’s guidelines on lockdown enforcement in some states due to coronavirus outbreak.

The Abia Police Commis-sioner, Ene Okon who disclosed this during an interview in Aba said the policemen were arrested on Friday for disregarding the IGP’s directives.

The Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed had on April 3, directed policemen across the country to strictly observe human rights in the discharge of their duties during this period.

Okon therefore warned other policemen working during this period to know that they were being watched and would be brought to book if they erred from the directives.

He said: “As I am talking to you, I have two policemen in the cell who deviated from the guidelines of the Inspector-General of Police. I got the report and sent my monitoring team quickly and they were arrested. They are being detained now and by Monday their trial will start.

“These ones we have arrested should send signals to others to let them know that they are being monitored and that everything will be done to bring any erring police officer to book”, he said.

Okon who outlined steps he had taken to enforce Abia government’s directives aimed at keeping Coronavirus away from the state urged citizens to endure the sacrifice for the good of all. The CP reacting to reports that policemen at boundary posts in Abia were using the lockdown to extort money and allow persons to cross the state’s boundaries, said he was attending to complaints on such issues promptly.

It was gathered that some policemen at Abia boundaries with neighbouring states have thrown caution to the wind, extorting and allowing people to pass and thereby breaching lockdown restrictions in the affected states.

Abia had on March 29, closed its boundaries with other states while announcing a total lockdown on Wednesday, April 1, as a measure to stop Coronavirus from spilling over to the state.

However, the policemen at the boundaries according to sources, have converted the opportunity to create brisk business for themselves by extorting people entering the state and allowing them in.