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Man petitions Civil Defence CG over assault

The Commandant General (CG) of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been petitioned over a case of assault on a man by…

The Commandant General (CG) of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has been petitioned over a case of assault on a man by a commander and officers of the corps. 
The petition, titled, “A case of assault and causing grievous hurt on the person of Iortim Henry Terseer: an appeal for urgent intervention,” dated January 20, 2016, was signed by the victim’s lawyer, Mr. Linus Bassey of Destiny Chambers and made available to City News. It was stamped and received in the office of the Commandant General on January 21, 2016.
The petition alleged that on January 20, 2016, an officer of the NSCDC, in company of three other colleagues riding a Honda Academy with registration number, CX 106 RBC, crashed into the rear of the petitioner and damaged his vehicle. Iortim said that rather than resolve the matter amicably, the NSCDC officers beat him up.
He added that despite the arrival of an NSCDC commander, who identified himself as Bassey, the situation escalated as he was beaten to a state of unconsciousness.
“It may interest you to know sir, that our client was beaten unjustifiably and treated as a common criminal in a pure democratic dispensation where the rule of law ought to be strictly adhered to.
“We sincerely frown at such behaviour demonstrated by your men, and we appeal that these men be fished out and be called to order and probably face disciplinary action to serve as deterrent,” the petition read.
Our reporter gathered from Iortim that trouble started when the NSCDC officers saw him with a sheet of paper on which he had copied the registration number of their car. 
He said the officers punched him in the face and kicked him with their boots, adding that the most senior officer among them concentrated on strangling his neck while the other three kicked and punched him several times in his loins.
The spokesperson for the NSCDC, Mr. Emmanuel Okeh debunked the allegation that the personnel involved in the petition refused to solve the case amicably.

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