By our reporter
An erring police officer, one Edidiong Alexander, has been demoted from the rank of Sergeant to corporal, after an altercation that went bad between a Medical Doctor, Daniel David Edet of University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, UUTH, Akwa Ibom State.
The Police Public Relation Officer, PPRO, Akwa Ibom state Police Command, CSP Nnudam Frederick, who confirmed this to newsmen said the former Sergeant, Edidiong Alexander attached to Safer Highway allegedly assaulted the doctor at Nung Oku junction where he was on an official duty.
The Commissioner of Police, according to the PPRO, had ordered for his arrest and detention.
The erring officer who has been in detention was subjected to orderly room trial in line with the Police Act and Regulations and was found guilty by the adjudicating officer.
The orderly room proceeding was reportedly reviewed and he was demoted in rank from Sergeant to Corporal.
It was also learnt that the State Commissioner of Police met with the State Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Chairman Resident Doctors Association and the victim where the Police boss apologized to the entire members of the NMA, Akwa Ibom State Branch, for the unwholesome act and conduct of the demoted police officer and assured the victim of the required medical attention, and enjoined them to continue to work with the police in this trying time in order to contain COVID-19.
He subsequently directed all Area Commanders and DPOs to effectively supervise their officers and men, and warned them to discharge their duties professionally as any further act of indiscipline would be met with unpalatable consequences.