A female Police Inspector, Florence Anih, saw the other side of the power tussle that has engulfed different arms of the Nigerian security apparatus when a lance corporal in the Nigerian Air Force identified as Friday Zadiel, who reportedly slapped her several times and also damaged her car at a filling station along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, Lagos.
Female police Inspector beaten up by Air force corporal at filling station
A senior female police officer was brutalized by a lance corporal in the Nigerian Air Force who wanted to show her who is superior despite their ranks.
According to eyewitnesses, Anih had driven into the Forte Oil Filling Station along the road to buy fuel on April 29, and as a law abiding officer, joined the queue waiting for her turn.
But when it came to her turn to be served,l the fuel attendant noticed that her tank was not proportionate with the nozzle and there was a need for her to turn to be able to be serviced.
It was in the process of turning that the Air Force officer who was said to be with another officer in a truck marked, Rotary Group 205, thought she wanted to beat the queue and was reported to have ordered her to get back in the queue.
The order led to an argument and in the process, Zadiel dealt Anih some hot slaps and also damaged the windscreen of her car.
A driver who was also in the queue spoke on the condition of anonymity:
"The woman was on the queue and was not putting on a uniform. When it got to her turn, her fuel tank was at the other side of where the nozzle was.
She was asked to turn and as she moved forward, the person behind her quickly filled the space and the attendant pleaded with the woman to be patient.
He attended to the person behind her and was about to attend to her when the air force man came from the back and said the policewoman would not buy the fuel. The air force man said he was on a special assignment.
The manager of the station reportedly intervened and ordered that the woman be served.
The woman, however, said the officer and his colleague should be attended to since they were on a special assignment.
But after they were served, the air force man insisted that the woman should go back to the end of the queue.
He started banging on her car and the woman challenged him. So, he told her, ‘you are stupid’ and the woman also replied him, ‘you are also stupid’ and that was how he slapped her several times."
This is not the second time such an incident is happening this year as a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Felicia Victor, was slapped by a junior air force officer attached to the office of the Commandant, Airport Command, Group Captain, Victor Ajiboye, on January 20.
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