A social activist, Professor Zainab Duke Abiola, her female maid, and a male staff (on the run) are in soup after allegedly assaulting her Police orderly, Inspector Teju Moses, for refusing to perform menial and domestic duties assigned to her.
Abiola had allegedly instructed her maid and the unnamed male staff to beat up the inspector, allegedly boasting that there would be no consequences because of her friendship with the wife of the Inspector General of Police.
In a statement, the Police High Command dissociated itself from the activist and has ordered an investigation and prosecution of the Professor and her staff.
The Police statement, by its spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, reads: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba… has strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal who is a Legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff comprising the house maid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large.
“Zainab Duke, an Mbaise-born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September, 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.
“The IGP has directed the express prosecution of the arrested suspects who are currently in Police custody, as the preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the Professor and her domestic staff. The IGP has equally tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.
“It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the Police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.
“The Inspector-General of Police who similarly ordered the withdrawal of all Police personnel attached to the Professor, expressed consternation at the fact that an individual who claims to be an advocate for Human Rights could stoop so low to violate the rights of another individual, a police officer tasked with ensuring her protection.”