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Policemen allegedly beat female lawyer to coma in Enugu

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There is disquiet in Enugu and beyond over the alleged attack on the office of Women Aid Collective, (WACOL) by men of the Nigeria Police, Enugu Command.

The incident, linked to an investigation of a rape incident, left a female lawyer in coma.

She was said to have been rushed to the intensive care unit of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, where she is currently recuperating.

WACOL is a rights organization renowned for championing the rights of the vulnerable, especially the women.

Confirming the attack in a statement the Head of Communication, WACOL, Mrs. Egodi Igwe, the rights group described the brutal attack as unacceptable.

The statement was signed by WACOL founder and director, Prof. Mrs. Joy Ezeilo.

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has also not been left behind in condemning the incident.

While giving details on the said attack, Ezilo said trouble had started when the policemen from the Abakpa Area Command invaded the WACOL office following a report from one Miss (Name withheld) a 21 year old lady, who alleged that she was raped by one Uchenna.”

Meanwhile, expressing outrage over the said attack, the NBA called on the police authorities to bring all those involved to book.

Mr. Kunle Edun, National Publicity Secretary, NBA, said information available to the Association “has confirmed that the officers of the Area Command, Enugu in Enugu State that are supposed to be protecting citizens, again, took laws into their hands when they invaded, attacked and molested staff of WACOL (Women Aid Collective) at the NGO’s office in Enugu.

In the meantime, the police in the State have called for calm, with the commissioner of police in the State, Mr Ahmed Abdurrahman promising that discreet investigation would be carried out on the matter.

In a statement issued by the command, the CP urged all the aggrieved parties to maintain the peace, stating that investigations had commenced and that anyone found liable would face the wrath of the law.