Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola, a lawyer and human rights activist, was detained by the police after she is accused of assaulting an orderly in Abuja.
According to Channels Television, the alleged attack happened as a result of her orderly, Inspector Teju Moses, refusing to do house chores.
After a video clip went viral on Wednesday, Prof. Abiola and her housekeeper Rebecca Enechido were both taken into custody.
The cop can be seen in the footage sitting on the ground, bleeding, and requesting to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
In a statement released on Thursday, the force’s public relations officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the professor’s detention and stated that Inspector-General of Police Usman Alkali Baba had ordered that the accused be prosecuted.
The IGP strongly condemned the assault, the Force spokesman noted, adding that police officers were pursuing a fleeing domestic servant who was involved in the assault.
“The IGP strongly condemned the grievous assault of a female Police Officer, Inspector Teju Moses, by her principal who is a legal practitioner and human rights activist, Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola and her domestic staff comprising the housemaid, one Rebecca Enechido and a male suspect currently at large,” he said.
“Zainab Duke, a Mbaise-born activist, grievously assaulted her orderly in the company of some accomplices on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at her residence in Garki, Abuja, due to the refusal of the orderly to breach professional ethics by carrying out menial and domestic chores at her house.
“The IGP has directed the express prosecution of the arrested suspects who are currently in police custody, as the preliminary investigation shows overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of the Professor and her domestic staff.
“The IGP has equally tasked the investigative team to ensure that the fleeing suspect is arrested and made to face the wrath of the law. It is pertinent to clarify that the suspect, Prof. Zainab, who name-drops the IGP, his family members, and other officers in the top hierarchy of the Force has no acquaintance with the police in any form as erroneously peddled on social media.”
The IGP has reportedly ordered that all police officers associated with the professor be recalled, according to the Force spokesman.
He also expressed disappointment that someone who calls themselves a champion for human rights may infringe on another person’s rights.