The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has on Thursday ordered the immediate demotion and transfer of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Ikenne Division area of Ogun State, Patrick Onwu, who beat up a female traffic warden for flagging down his private car at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC filling station, IBB Boulevard, Abeokuta, last week. PM News reports.
Onwu had on Wednesday pounced on a certain female traffic officer, Inspector Anifat Bello to coma for allegedly stopping his private vehicle.
It was gathered that the DPO, who was on mufti while violating the traffic law, drove into a nearby filling station, parked and changed into a police uniform then went back and dealt with her severely.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident and said the Commissioner of Police, CP, was unhappy about the incident and had directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated.
“The woman traffic officer has reported the matter to the CP and he has directed that the matter be thoroughly investigated. The CP was not happy when the woman came with a swollen face. If the allegation is true, I am very sure the CP will know what to do”, he said.
The IGP, who later got to know about the incident, ordered the transfer of the DPO to the force headquarters in Abuja so that further disciplinary actions can be taken.
Arase also ordered that he (Onwu) be demoted to a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, from Superintendent of Police, SP.