A rights group, Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign and Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Police Force are currently investigating an alleged attack on a lady by a police officer.
Naija News understands that the police personnel, Eze Akpoelu, was accused of inflicting injuries on one Jane Amos after she reportedly turned down his request for a relationship.
Narrating the ugly incident from her hospital bed, Amos said the police inspector threw a burning stove at her which made her sustain degrees of burns in different parts of her body.
The incident, Naija News understands happened on Wednesday, January 19 at Rumuokwuta, in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The suspect according to Amos resides in the same compound as her.
In her explanation, she said, “This morning (Wednesday), I went to the bathroom to bathe my niece for school and Inspector Eze Akpoelu was in the bathroom, bathing. So, I went to bathe her outside.
“He came out and said I was challenging him. He said he had warned that nobody should pour water outside. I did not make any comment. I took my niece into the bathroom. He said I was stupid and I did not have respect.
“Because he had asked me out for friendship and I refused, since then he had been hostile and I kept avoiding him.
“After I finished bathing my niece and went inside, he started saying that I was talking to him and that he would make me bleed. I said if he made me bleed, God in heaven would also make him bleed.
“Later, I came out to put my pot down from the stove because the food I was cooking was almost done. When I opened my door, I saw him by my door. He seized me and held me tight by my neck. He poured what I was cooking away, carried the burning stove and poured it on me,” the Punch quoted the assaulted lady as saying.
Naija News reports that the human rights group has commenced a thorough investigation into the incident.
In his response, the group’s lawyer, Mr Festus Bonwin, said justice must be done in the matter.
Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Grace Iringe-Koko, said the suspect had been arrested and detained.
“He (Akpoelu) has been arrested. We have commenced investigation and if he is found culpable, he will be punished,” she said.