By Chris Oji, Enugu
Three members of the task force engaged by the Enugu State Ministry of Transport to apprehend traffic light offenders in the city were allegedly beaten up and arrested yesterday by a police officer attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Enugu.
They are Mr. Chukwaemelie Nwobodo, Mr. Odoabuchi Daniel Mr. Nnamani Kenneth.
In a statement, the ministry said the victims were trying to interdict the police officer for violating the traffic light rule on Onitsha Road, when he came out of his car and beat them up with sticks.
It said: “When Nwobodo stopped the police officer, who was in mufti and was driving a Toyota Saloon, marked CK 176 ENU, the man alighted from the vehicle with his service pistol in one hand and a stick in another.
“He pounced on Nwobodo and inflicted injuries on his hands and legs. He handcuffed him and dragged him to the SARS office in Enugu.
“Daniel and Kenneth, who tried to intervene, were also beaten up and injured by the police officer.”
The SARS Commander in Enugu, Mr. Uche Obiozo, said nothing of such happened.
He said: “I am in the office now. If there was such a case, I would be aware of it. I have made enquiries from my men and none is aware of such incident. How can one man handcuff three men at a time and march them to the office without the knowledge of any member of the squad?”
Commissioner for Transport Chukwuka Utazi said the attack on members of the task force by policemen and soldiers is jeopardising its operation and urged the state government to intervene.