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Monday, February 8, 2021




Nigerian Police Force


The traditional ruler of Uzoubi-Umuna in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo state, Eze Okereke has been crying to the ear of anyone who cares to listen about his ordeal with men of the Nigerian Police force who he alleged to have reduced him to nothing in front of his subjects and strangers. The incident was said to have taken place while the officers were enforcing the curfew imposed by the state governor following the clash between Eastern Security Network (ESN) and the Nigerian Military in the state.

In a petition addressed to the State’s Commissioner of Police, Nasiru Muhammed, the monarch said “ Around 2pm, I was returning from a meeting of the Orlu Traditional Rulers Council held as Umudioka ancient kingdom, in the palace of His Royal Majesty, Eze Thomas Obiefule, I visited my office at No 5, L.N. Obioha Street, Uzoubi Umuna, Orlu LGA.

“On getting to the carrot Junction, I met a team of mobile policemen on duty, one of them ordered me to get down from my car. I quickly obeyed. Despite the inscription on my vehicle number plate asserting my status as HRH Eze B.C Okereke, the traditional ruler of Uzoubi Umuna autonomous community, my physical appearance as an old man and my verbal expressions to him that I am the traditional ruler of this community, he pointed his gun at me and ordered me to lie flat on the ground, which I did.

“I lay on the ground for over eight minutes before another policeman asked me to get up and go. All these happened in front of my subjects and other passersby. It was really a big disgrace and disrespect to me, my community and the entire Imo State traditional rulers.”

It is reported that the monarch was hurt so much by the realization that no police man or soldier will even dare to try this to an Hausa, Yoruba or Fulani traditional ruler, but had no problem doing it to an Igbo ruler in the monarch’s own backyard.

Several days after the petition, it is sad to note that no sign of concern is being shown by the state administration neither is there any kind of outcry from the state’s council of traditional rulers.  

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