The police has identified Zainab Duke-Abiola, one of the widows of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola, as the legal practitioner who ordered her workers to beat her police orderly, Inspector Teju Moses.
A video clip showing the female officer in uniform bleeding, seated on the floor had gone viral since Wednesday night.
“She told her boys to kill me,” Moses said incoherently as she spoke to her direct boss on the phone.
Zainab was reported to have said that there will be no consequences as she is a friend of the wife of the Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali Baba.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday, Force spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the late politician’s widow has been arrested and detained.
Adejobi added that the Inspector-General of Police has ordered the withdrawal of all police personnel attached to the professor.
The statement read, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc, 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.
“Zainab Duke, an 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.”