- A chief magistrate court has remanded Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola for allegedly assaulting a police officer, Inspector Teju Moses
- The ruling of the court sitting in Abuja was delivered on Friday, September 23, when Prof. Abiola was arraigned alongside her housemaid, Rebecca Enechido
- The court ordered Abiola to be remanded in Suleja Prison and adjourned the case till Wednesday, October 5
This was the verdict meted on Zainab by a chief magistrate’s court sitting in Abuja after she allegedly assaulted Inspector Teju Moses, a police orderly attached to her.
The professor, according to a report by Leadership, was arraigned in court alongside her domestic aide, Rebecca Enechido, on Friday.
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The suspect was accused by the police force of attempting to commit culpable homicde and an intentional insult to cause a breach of trust.
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During the hearing, the magistrate denied her bail, ordered that she be remanded in prison, and adjourned the case till Wednesday, October 5.
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Recall that the allegation of assault against Inspector Moses had been denied by Professor Abiola.
In a video clip that went viral on Wednesday, the officer is seen in uniform bleeding, seated on the floor, and asking to be taken to the hospital for medical attention.
But in a statement issued on her behalf by the Afro-European Lawyers League, and made available to Legit.ng, the professor said it was strange that the IGP will forcefully violate "the fundamental Rights and liberties of a distinguished law-abiding citizen and proceed to forcefully take her pictures and maliciously publish same in the print and electronic media in this nascent democratic dispensation."
The statement read:
"Our attention has been drawn to a fallacious malicious defamatory publication against our respected Alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Security Studies, NIPPS, Professor Zainab Duke Mni alleging assault on one of Her police Orderlies. We categorically state that this is NOT true and Nothing could be further from the truth. For the records our respected revered Professor Zainab has Never assaulted anybody anywhere at any time. It is not in her character."