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Prison’s Boss appears before House of Reps & denies part in “Slapped & Called a Prostitute” Assault of Female Lawmaker

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Rep. Joan Mrakpor and Peter Ekpendu, the Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS)

Rep. Joan Mrakpor and
Peter Ekpendu, the Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS)

On Wednesday last week, Joan Onyemaechi Mrakpor and a member of the House of Representatives was allegedly attacked by the motorcade of Peter Ezenwa Ekpendu, the Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS).

“One man banged at my car, slapped me and called me a prostitute,” she said.

CG Ekpendu reportedly watched as the lawmaker was assaulted by his aides within the premises of the parliament.

Hon. Mrakpor said she was shocked and embarrassed by what happened and had written a formal complaint to the police.

Today, CG Peter Ekpendu said that officer of the NPS, who allegedly assaulted Rep. Joan Mrakpor, would face the wrath of the law, if found guilty.

Ekpendu made this known today when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Interior in Abuja.

The committee had been mandated by a resolution of the house to investigate the alleged assault on the member.

I was not aware…
The CG, however, said that he was not aware of any unduly behaviour by his officers allegedly accused of assaulting Rep. Joan Mrakpor in the National Assembly complex on April 20.

He said that contrary to the media report, he was not aware nor did he order his men to assault the representative member in the precinct of the National Assembly.

He denied passing out such order, adding that his car had driven past before the ugly situation happened.

The CG regretted the action and absolved himself of any responsibility for any action taken by his boys and apologised to the member, who was allegedly assaulted.

“It is never in my belief and person to allow assault done to a Nigerian woman not to talk of an Honourable member,” he said.

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Nancy Ajakuna, attached to the National Assembly, said investigation commenced immediately the report got to her, adding that action will be taken at the end of the investigation.

Idah Odey, Senior Inspector of Prisons (Escort), alleged to be the culprit, denied the allegation.

He said that he did not come down from his car on that fateful day.

Rep. Joan Mrakpor insisted that she was assaulted by the Prisons officers and want justice to prevail.

“For the assault from the prisons officials, I am here to find out my offence, because I believe that is either you allow a car to go or you refused.

“If you have refused, there was no need coming to brutalise the person.

“So why I was weeping was because I did not understand where that brutality was coming from, because there was no dent on the vehicle,” she said.

Rep. Adams Jagaba, Chairman of the committee, adjourned the meeting for further investigation.

8 Comments

  1. Chi

    April 25, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Her word against his. Now if you guys had bought proper CCTV cameras, we for get video evidence.
    See! What goes around comes around

  2. amaria

    April 25, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Bella did you guys write this or was it culled from another source? Phrases like “absorbed himself” and “faithful day” on your site makes me worry abeg

  3. Kanyin

    April 25, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    What are they adjourning? This is pretty clear! We don’t expect him to plead guilty and take responsibility readily! Sanction this man already!

  4. Trollrepublick

    April 25, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    And it will end just like that. The average idiot with ‘government work’ is on a permanent ego trip.

    Visit trollrepublick.blogspot.com

  5. Uberhautelooks.blogspot.com

    April 26, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I no go just shout…I go just submit his name sam sam

  6. le coco

    April 26, 2016 at 6:59 am

    i have always maintained that the average Nigerian is conditioned to be a bully, once they get a hold of the tiniest bit of power… there rest of us wont here word.. we were conditioned to be bullies, because most of us were bullied.. and this doesnt have anything to do with Government officials. we see this unruly behaviour in even the lowest social strata…

    Just take our secondary schools for instance. Seniors bullying juniors for no apparent reason other than that they were bullied aswell. these same juniors cant wait to get into senior school so that they can inflict the same pain and harm on their juniors.

    our Government is no different and the idiotic officials who slapped this lady are no different. the only reason why the comptroller general was summoned is because Mrs Mrakpor is a house of REp member. Would he reprimand his Boys had she been just an ordinary citizen. These officers are probably not even well educated, but because they have been given a certain amount of power, they go on a power trip.

    Another instance is the Lady who was brutally assaulted in the home affairs office in Ogun state. from her accounts i saw no reason why she landed such slaps. YOU can even tell from her narration that the female officer enjoyed hitting her continuously.. WHY?

    our people need to change our mind set. this behaviour is toxic

  7. Ernest Chigbogu

    April 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

    It is really a shame and pity that majority of Nigerians will take sides with the rep member probably because she is a woman and a law maker.

    I am so sorry to say that there NOTHING honourable about this woman

    When asked to point the person who molested her, she pointed a an officer who was not even at the scene.. Only for her to claim she was confused.

    Her security detail also testified that she was not touched.

  8. Dipo.

    June 10, 2016 at 6:28 am

    If it were to be convoy of buhari, wot would have been done?

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