Drama ensued on Monday in Umuahia, Abia State, when policemen attached to the Railway Police Post molested an unidentified army captain for allegedly parking his 18-seater Mitsubishi bus close to the fence of the station.
According to information gathered, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Post was driving into the station with his white Toyota Highlander SUV car when he spotted the bus and ordered the owner to park properly, saying that the army captain’s vehicle was blocking his way.
The eyewitness who craved anonymity said that when the driver of the bus came out dressed in ash colour native attire, he greeted the DPO and quickly wanted to move his bus, but the police officer ordered him to come closer and explain why he should block his way to the station.
The source said, “The man continued to plead with the police officer who was fiercely angry and also refused to allow him to remove his bus, ordering his men to arrest the man.
“Then the man told him he was a captain in the Nigerian army, but he insisted that he must obey his orders first.”
“The DPO was shouting on top of his voice, saying, ‘he (army captain) must obey my arrest order. You people should tell him to obey my arrest order, you must obey my arrest, you said you are a captain, you must tell me how many wars you have fought’.
“The officer boasted he had fought in three states invaded by Boko Haram; Bornu, Adamawa and Yobe before coming here. He said the army captain must show him his identity card and ordered that he (army captain) should be dragged into the cell.”
The mild drama became fierce when four soldiers arrived the scene and discovered that the man who was beaten by the police was actually an army captain.
“They called for reinforcements and within a twinkle of an eye, four Hilux vans loaded with soldiers arrived the police station.
“They later took away the DPO and another police officer with them to their base, after giving them the beating of their lives”, the source further stated.
Attempts made to reach the state Police Public Relation Officers, Mr. Ezekiel Odeviotu, proved abortive, as he was said to be in a meeting as at press time.