Adejoh Siaka, a Rivers state police officer, has been demoted from Inspector to Sergeant following complaints and conclusions from a video extensively shared on social media on Sunday, April 9.
In a viral video, a police officer is shown beating a motorist with a stick, followed by two slaps to the victim’s face while the latter demands his offence.
Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer, was demoted on Tuesday, April 18, following an orderly chamber trial by the Force Provost Marshal. He stated that Siaka was sanctioned for assault, discreditable behaviour, and incivility to members of the public in the oil-rich state’s Emuoha district.
Sergeant Ndiwa Kpuebari, who was also present at the scene but took no steps to discourage the inappropriate action, was reprimanded, while a third officer, Inspector Friday Obaka, who was later discovered to have been absent from the scene, “was discharged unconditionally at the conclusion of the proceedings.”
“In all, the three policemen will be posted out of Rivers State to other commands and formations to continue their police duties.
“The Inspector General of Police has, therefore, tasked officers and men of the Force to be diligent and uphold the lofty tenets of professional policing in the discharge of their duties with respect for the fundamental rights of all citizens in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).”