Abuse of Power: NDSF Condemns Prison Controller Ekpendu Aide Assault On Law Maker.-The Nigeria Diaspora Security Forum (NDSF), the international security advise body with its headquarters in London has condemned an alleged abuse of power exhibited by the nation’s head of prison during the week.
It has been reported on Thursday that security operatives attached to the convoy of the Controller General of Prisons, Dr. Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, assaulted a female lawmaker, Hon. Onyemeachi Mprakpor, on Wednesday evening after the driver of the Honourable House member overtook the prison head motor convoy within the premises of the Nigerian National Assembly.
According to a petition brought before the House of Representatives at its Thursday plenary session, by the Minority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor Mkrakpor, representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State, was driving out of the National Assembly when she attempted to overtake the 20- car convoy of the Prison head
The House heard: “They blocked her car, and started bashing her car. When she wound down the windows, an aide slapped her in the face. The CG sat in the comfort of his car while this happened,” Ogor narrated.
Ogor’s report was however corroborated by the Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who added that Mkrakpor had called him, crying, immediately the incident happened.
The issue was still in deliberation on how to react to the abuse of power and authority by the nation’s prison. Describing the Nigeria Prison head aide action as completely out of place in a genuine democratic settings, Mr Tope Olodo, the convener of NSDF described the action as disgraceful, urging the presidency to intervene and call Nigeria leaders in various position of authority to order on the issue of abuse of office and privilege.
“In a democratic society where everyone is subject to the Rule of Law; this action is unacceptable and NDSF is calling on His Excellency President Muhammad Buhari GCFR to immediately call to order all security operatives to desist from unprofessional damage and attack of properties and persons”.
It also highlighted that if a law maker in the Federal Republic of Nigeria could be so treated, what plight awaits innocent citizens who by circumstances find themselves inadvertently in such situation.
In a press release from the London secretariat of the organisation, NDSF said: ”If President Muhammad Buhari GCFR convoy comply with traffic rules then security chiefs are not above the law and it is now imperative to stop the unnecessary harassment of ordinary Nigerians who are now subjected to intimidation, property damage and personal assault without legal remedy availability to the affected individuals”.
NDSF called on Nigeria Legislators to seize the opportunity to read the riot act of the nation to all security chiefs so they can be intimated with the facts about the law governing them and to communicate to them that no one is above the law should henceforth comply with traffic rules.
NDSF also called on the Controller General of Prisons, Dr. Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, to issue an unreserved apology to Nigerians in a national newspaper for not proactively stopping the assault of an unarmed Nigerian, moreso a law maker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The organisation concluded ”In this era of change, the administration of President Muhammad Buhari GCFR must not allow security agencies to operate in a manner that damage the reputation of Nigeria brand as a democratic society where the Rule of law is supreme