In Imo: Traffic wardens, airmen beat motorist for taking pictures

A motorist, Marvelous Chukwuma, has recounted his ordeal at the hands of some traffic wardens and men of the Nigerian Airforce on Orji Road, Owerri in Imo State.

Chukwuma was reportedly beaten with cables which left marks on his back for taking pictures of an alleged traffic offence he was accused of.

The motorist told Sunday PUNCH that he was heading for Rockview Hotel on Wednesday around 2.45pm when four traffic wardens stopped his car at a junction leading to the hotel and accused him of not putting on the indicator to show he wanted to navigate through the junction.

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He said all efforts to explain to the traffic officials that the indicator was on were rebuffed as they insisted he should follow them to their office.

Chukwuma stated that he picked his phone to take pictures of his car position, adding that he was taking the shots when the officials descended on him.

The 29-year-old man explained further that the traffic wardens held him and invited some airmen who came in a van with the inscription, “Quick Response Squad, 112, Airforce.”

He said the six military men beat him with cables and zoomed off afterwards, leaving him in pains.

The police spokesperson in the state, SP Ikeokwu Orlando, in a response to a text message sent to his mobile on the incident, said the victim should see him.

“Let him see me,” Orlando replied.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said no Air force official was involved in the assault.

Daramola later requested that Punch reporter in Owerri and the victim visit the NAF base in the state capital for further verification, noting that identification parade could be carried out if necessary.

“Let the reporter go with the victim to lay his complaints. Nigerian Airforce has zero tolerance for this (indiscipline),” he added. Punch
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