Akwa Ibom police dock lawyer for assaulting journalist
By Thomas Akanniyene, Uyo
Men of the Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Police Force have ocked a 35 year old legal practitioner Akaniyene Cletus before a Chief Magistrate Court in Uyo for allegedly assaulting a female journalist Blessing Ambrose.
Blessing, who is a broadcaster with Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation AKBC, told the court that the accused had beaten her up and inflicted injuries on her on May 29, 2016.
She said Cletus, who was her co-tenant at No. 6 Umana Uko Lane, off Atiku Abubakar Road in Uyo demanded for a drink when she brought a brand new sewing machine to the compound.
She claimed that the accused beat her up when she refused to provide the drink.
“My Lord I reported the matter to my landlord who intervened and said that he does not want any trouble in the compound. Few days later Cletus’ house help came to tell me that my friend that visited does not know how to use the sewing machine.
“Cletus who was inside his house shouted that I should take the machine out of the veranda immediately. He later came out and used his legs and pusht the sewing machine.
“When I demanded to know why he should hit my sewing machine, he slapped me, pushing me down and beat me up.
“I sustained injuries on my knee, eyes, arms and face. When my brother tried to stop him, he beat him up too. People from the compound later came and took me away.”
She said she informed the landlord of what transpired, and that he cautioned Cletus to learn to live peacefully with other tenants or move out.
The complainant further said that on August. 7, 2016, Cletus intimidated her with a machete, a situation which made her to immediately report the matter to the ‘C’ Division of the Police at Aka Etinan, in Uyo.
Presiing judge, Chief Magistrate Usukuma Akpabio however adjourned the case to January, 9, 2017 for further hearing.