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Police deny alleged assault on 98-yr-old woman in Anambra

Anambra state police command has denied reports that personnel of the command assaulted a 98-year-old woman with AK-47. The state police spokesman, Haruna Muhammed, in…

Anambra state police command has denied reports that personnel of the command assaulted a 98-year-old woman with AK-47.

The state police spokesman, Haruna Muhammed, in a statement on Tuesday in Awka, Anambra state capital said the report was false and mischievous, with intention to paint police black.

Explaining the incidents surrounding the allegation, Muhammed said the state’s commissioner of police received a formal complaint on August 19 from a legal practitioner that his client, one Esther Nzekwe was assaulted by her fiancée, one Emeka Okpalaku and that the man also confiscated her credentials including her National Youth service corps (NYSC) call up letter in order to prevent her from reporting to NYSC camp which dateline closes on the August 20.

He also stated that the complainant further alleged that the suspect (Okpalaku) was planning to travel back to Japan where he lives.

Mohammed said following the petition a full scale investigation into the matter was ordered.

“Police detectives visited the house to invite the suspect but as soon as he sighted the police, he quickly ran inside the house and locked all the entrances.

“All efforts by the police to prevail on the suspect to open the doors proved abortive until the police used power of ingress in accordance with section 7(1&2) CPA laws of the Federation to gain access into the house but the suspect eventually escaped.

“Consequently, the police rescued a one-year old daughter of the complainant who was equally locked inside the house and left crying without care.

 

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