The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Nasiru Muhammed, has been petitioned by the traditional ruler of Uzoubi Umunna community, in the Orlu Local Government Area of the state following the humiliation he suffered in the hands of a policeman posted in the community to enforce the curfew imposed by the state governor.
The monarch while speaking on the development noted that the cop directed him to lie on the ground at gunpoint.
He added that he was humiliated by the cop in the presence of his subjects and passersby.
The statement read in part, “Around 2 pm, I was returning from a meeting of the Orlu Traditional Rulers Council held at Umudioka ancient kingdom, in the palace of His Royal Majesty, Eze Thomas Obiefule. I visited my office at No 5, L.N. Obioha Street, Uzoubi Umunna, Orlu LGA.”
“On getting to the Carrot Junction, I met a team of mobile policemen on duty. One of them ordered me to get down from my car. I quickly obeyed. Despite the inscription on my vehicle number plate asserting my status as HRH Eze B.C Okereke, the traditional ruler of Uzoubi Umunna autonomous community, my physical appearance as an old man and my verbal expressions to him that I am the traditional ruler of this community, he pointed his gun at me and ordered me to lie flat on the ground, which I did.”
“I lay on the ground for over eight minutes before another policeman asked me to get up and go. All these happened in front of my subjects and other passersby. It was really a big disgrace and disrespect to me, my community and the entire Imo State traditional rulers. You may please investigate this report and necessarily call your men to order. I am still bearing the humiliation with great pain and grief.”
The media aide to the monarch said his principal is strongly behind Sund