Ebonyi: Angry driver bites, swallow finger of taskforce officer to evade arrest

Ebonyi: Angry driver bites, swallow finger of taskforce officer to evade arrest

A commercial driver, on Tuesday, November 16, assaulted a taskforce officer in Ebonyi State by biting and swallowing his finger in order to evade arrest.

The driver also swallowed the finger of the taskforce member identified as Iboko Kenneth.

1st News learned that the incident occurred at the Onuebonyi Junction in the Abakaliki metropolis when the Ministry of Capital City Development and the taskforce team were on an inspection tour within the state capital to stop illegal parking and loading.

The commercial transport companies operating in the state had penultimate week relocated to Akubaraoha Central park, a new park provided for them by the Ebonyi state government.

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According to reports, the driver was among those spotted at the Onuebonyi Junction who engaged in illegal loading of passengers. When the taskforce attempted to arrest him, he was said to have bitten off the finger of one of them.

The victim has, however, been taken to the emergency unit of the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Speaking with journalists in Abakaliki, the Commissioner for Capital City Development, Chief Onyekachi Nwebonyi, described the incident as terrible, unexpected, and barbaric.

He said, “It is very unfortunate that a driver can attack a law officer; who is trying to organise the state to the point of chopping off his finger. This is terrible, unexpected, and barbaric.

“So, I want to plead with the motorists not to pull our legs because the taskforce are not weak; and we do our job within the confines of the law; but for a driver to chop-off a taskforce finger is unacceptable; and I assure you that we will get to the root of the matter, it will not happen again.

“We are not using force but the problem is that our people are stubborn particularly the motorists; some of them anyway. I want to commend some of the transport companies for their cooperation so far; that led to the peaceful relocation of the parks within the city to the central park known as Akubaraoha Abakaliki Central Park. If you go there now, the park is very peaceful, businesses are going on, no complain.

“As the government, we are doing our best to fence the place; and put internal roads and other social amenities.

“But we have discovered with dismay that some drivers are bent on operating from the streets; instead of doing the needful and by joining their colleagues at the central park.”

 

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