One Man's Mistake Triggered Chain of Career Failure

One Man's Mistake Triggered Chain of Career Failure

The Lagos State Police Command has transferred Divisional Police Officer, FESTAC Police Station, Mr. Ibrahim Zango, from the station, after it was reported that his orderly, Corporal Friday Azuka, allegedly drove against traffic and knocked down a woman, Taskirat Anjolaiya, and her eight-month-old baby, Ammarah.

On June 23, 2013, Azuka was driving the DPO’s guest to the airport and in a bid to reach the airport on time; the corporal drove against traffic and knocked down the teacher and her baby, causing Taskirat to sustain brain injury and pelvic fracture, while Ammarah sustained a broken jaw.

It was, however, learnt that Azuka was still in detention.

According to the victim’s husband, Sulaiman Eletu, Azuka's wife had been discharged from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba.

Sulaiman Eletu said although his wife had been discharged, she had not fully recovered from the brain injury.

Eletu said, “My wife and child have been discharged, however, they are still far from normal. My wife has not been able to sleep; she finds it difficult to concentrate. She finds it hard to pay more than two minutes attention to anything.

“She still needs serious medical attention, but like I told you, I am still unemployed. My baby is doing fine but the scars are still there. We will take her for a scan soon to make sure she is alright.”

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko, had said last week that disciplinary action would be taken against the errant policemen.

Manko however said the command would probably offer financial assistance to the family on compassionate grounds since the police corporal who knocked down the victims, was not on official assignment when the incident occurred.

Lawyer of the victims, Mr. Robert Igbinedion, told our correspondent on the telephone on Monday that transferring the DPO was not enough punishment. He added that the family still needed to be compensated.

Igbinedion said he would write to the police authorities, the Police Service Commission and the National Human Rights Commission.

He said if no favourable response was received, the family would seek legal redress.

He said, “Taskirat is a teacher and she is losing salaries, having been away from work as a result of the injury. She has sustained brain injuries and no one knows whether she would require life-long treatment, which will cost a lot of money.

“Transferring the DPO is not adequate; the family deserves to be compensated.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, could not be reached for comment.

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