Mohammed Ari Ali, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, has dismissed two police officers, Felix Ebikabowei and Ndubuisi Abazie, for beating Brodick Omesan, a 36-year-old tricyclist, into a coma.
The police officers were said to have accosted Brodrick while on an illegal duty along Estate Roundabout, Warri, on Sunday evening. When an argument ensued, they pushed and beat him till he sustained serious injuries to his head and fell into a coma.
The victim was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.
According to a statement released by Bright Edafe, Public Relations Officer, Delta State Police Command, on Friday, the commissioner directed that the case be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for discreet and unbiased investigation immediately after he received the complaint.
He said the investigation revealed that the two officers have a case to answer for seriously assaulting the victim, who is still in critical condition.
“The CP, while condoling with the family of the victims, has ordered that the dismissed policemen remain in custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department, and they will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded,” the statement read in part.
Edafe told FIJ that although the police officers are not serial offenders, the gravity of their offence warranted their dismissal.
“The victim is in a coma as we speak,” he said. “Such brutal acts by police officers require disciplinary action. It doesn’t matter if this is their first time. A brutal offence is a brutal offence.”
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