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PSC intervenes in plight of abandoned wounded police officer

By Linus Aleke, Abuja
The Police Service Commission (PSC), has intervened in the case of allegedly abandoned mobile police officers, who was seriously wounded during an anti-banditry operation in FCT, leading to his demobilization as the breadwinner of the family.

The attention of the commission was drawn to his debilitating plight when a popular radio station – the Human Rights Radio, code-named Berekete Family, as the abandoned police officer took his cry to the station.

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In a statement on Monday, the Commission said that it has waded into the case of a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Musa Mohammed of Police Mobile Force (PMF) 45 Abuja who sustained serious injuries at Galadimawa forest, near Kaduna when he led a team to engage kidnappers in a gun duel in an attempt to rescue a kidnapped victim.

DSP Mohammed who now uses crutches, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the spokesperson of the Commission, who signed the statement, said, he sustained bullet wound injuries that affected his leg and ability to pass urine.

The injured Officer, he further explained had taken his case to Human Rights Radio (Berekete) in Abuja where he sought intervention from relevant Government Agencies after he felt he may have been abandoned.

Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, who was contacted by the Radio station has since moved to save the situation and bring the affected Officer back to proper and normal life.

The former IGP, who spoke in Abuja today on the matter said he has succeeded in debriefing the officer and has also sent him to the Force Medical officer where he has gone through several medical procedures.

He commended the Police Force Medical team who are presently taking care of his condition but noted that going forward he will discuss with the Inspector General of Police to seek further medical interventions for him and if need be seek the assistance of the Minister of Health for a referral to the best medical facility around where he can get reprieve.

Dr. Arase said the Commission will not abandon the officer, stressing that such an officer is deserving of the national award.

He noted that officers in such circumstances should be celebrated, assuring that the Commission will make the recommendation to the relevant authorities.

The PSC Chairman said the Commission will ensure that he receives succour to enable him to live his normal life again.

He commended Nigerians who rose in unison to escalate the condition of the Officer to the public space.

According to him, “It underscores the need for public Officers to always respect the human rights of citizens and treat them with respect”.

He noted that it is apparent that citizens appreciate what law enforcement officers do.

He appealed that now that action is being taken to rehabilitate him, there is a need to de-escalate the social media attention to also respect the confidentiality of his health challenges especially as the Commission continues to do its best to return him to normal life.

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