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Injustice: Police Beat Up Disabled Nigerians During Empowerment Programme In Akwa Ibom

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December 30, 2016 – Injustice: Police Beat Up Disabled Nigerians During Empowerment Programme In Akwa Ibom

Several physically challenged individuals who came for an empowerment programme, sponsored by the Akwa Ibom State Government through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, sustained varying degrees of injuries in their bid to escape from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps operatives who flogged them during the distribution of food and money.

It was learnt that some of the victims who were visually impaired, fell on rough surfaces, while others, who could not run, were marched on by other fleeing persons.

Some were also said to have passed out in the melee.

A victim, Ime Okon, from Ikot Ntu, in the Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, told our correspondent on Thursday that he could not raise his left arm as it had been broken following the stampede that ensued after the flogging by the NSCDC men.

He said, “As we were trying to come out, the NSCDC personnel started flogging people. The fleeing crowd pushed some of us down and stepped on us to escape. I can’t raise my left arm. I don’t have money to go to a hospital. I know three others who sustained serious injuries.”

A police officer at the scene told our correspondent that nobody died during the incident, adding that only a few persons sustained injuries as they tried to make their ways, into where food and money were being distributed.



  1. Tendy

    December 30, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Such a shame, some police personnel can be really over aggressive a times. Which means we ain’t even sure of feeling safe around them anymore, so I ask myself what’s even the need of having them in a state? How could they be so wicked and heartless to people who can’t even defend themselves.

  2. Nyakno Cosmas

    December 30, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    The Police.
    Another set of people to be checked.

  3. D Hunter

    December 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Sometimes the shame I feels from the way we do the things we do in this country knowing that the World might be watching, makes me hold my head tight with both hands in an effort to controll myself.

    Why does it has to be so? I mean like an uncivilised people with a stone age mentality? Even if they had to share food and money, does it has to be done that way?

    Why couldn‘t they simply appoint some able bodied people as ushers to distribute the iterms for people in a well arranged queue?
    Chai… I tire for this country sha!

    Let me just ake a stroll…

  4. Big Aunty Koks

    December 30, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    It is possible. Some of these uniformed personnel can be very insensitive. I once had cause to intervene where a blind man was forcefully removed from a particular location in town because there was to be a major National event in the town. I can still here the blind man’s scream of terror in my mind’s ears…..if there is any such expression. You know what I mean sha.

    I stopped and begged those uniformed people to let the man go as he was not on the street but only being led by his little boy within an unfenced premises located on that street. My plea were unheeded as they forcefully jacked up the blind man while his boy escaped to look for help. Luckily, the blind man’s son successfully implored a soldier to intervene. Only then did they release the man into the soldiers’s custody. I was however maliciously satisfied to learn that the blind man also defended himself during the melee . He had put his teeth to good use and bitten off a good chunk of one uniformed man’s arm. Maintaining a straight face while he complained in his pain was a major problem for me.
    The powers that be should give their officers some lessons on human compassion please!

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