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Nigerian Police Officer Assaulted by Co-workers because he tried to stop them from demanding bribe

Corporal James Ameh after he was severely beaten
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Corporal James Ameh was almost beaten to death by six policemen from Elimgbu Divisional Police Headquarters, Port Harcourt, in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State last Thursday because he challenged them for forcibly extorting 5, 000 Naira bribe from a commercial driver, investigations have revealed.
Ameh of the Police Mobile Force (PMF) 56 based in Ogoni in Rivers State is lying critically in a hospital in Port-Harcourt from injuries arising from the assault.
The six policemen, it was learnt, have been detained and are likely to be charged to court next week to serve as deterrent to others.
Sources said the six plain-clothed policemen were angry with Ameh for having the effrontery to challenge them for forcibly extorting the money from the driver of the bus, which he boarded.
It was learnt the driver of the bus boarded by the victim from his Ogoni base kept pleading with the policemen that he did not have the 5, 000 Naira they demanded since he did not contravene any traffic regulation.
The passengers, it was gathered, became agitated over the attitude of the six policemen, prompting the victim to alight and speak with his colleagues.
Rather than reasoning with him, the six police officers descended on him.
Ameh was beaten to coma and sustained spinal cord injuries.
His uniform was torn and he fell to a deep drain near Eleme Junction on Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway.
The victim was initially rushed to the police clinic at the old Government Reservation Area (GRA) near Government House, Port Harcourt before he was moved to a bigger facility, owing to the severity of his injuries.
A senior police source disclosed yesterday that the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa, had insisted that the ugly incident must be investigated and culprits prosecuted.
Indabawa, who was transferred to Rivers state about two months ago, it was learnt, made it very clear he would not condone indiscipline and lawlessness.
Culled from The Nation
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