Police probe Railway director’s assault on doctor

By Adeyinka Aderibigbe

The police are probing the petition of assault of a doctor working with Federal Medical Centre by a top official of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).

In the petition, Director of Operations of the NRC Mr. Niyi Alli is accused of physically assaulting Dr. Chukwunweke Ojeah of FMC Ebutte Metta for questioning his reckless driving.

The petition dated Friday, October 18, 2019 with the reference number: FMCEB/HR/0532 with the head: ‘Report of Assault on Dr. Chukwunweike Paul Ojeah,’ alleged that Alli hit the victim on the face leading to laceration into his nose and eyebrow.

The petition, which was signed by Mr. H.H. Etim, Assistant Director (Admin) for Medical Director, claimed that since the attack on the doctor, he had been on admission at the hospital, while the director had been working the streets free without any remorse.

The petition added: “Mr. Niyi Alli ordered the Area Commander to send for his men to pick the doctor and lock him up. At this point, Dr. C.P. Ojeah introduced himself with his identity card as a fellow public servant serving with Federal Medical Centre, Ebute Metta. On hearing this, they abandoned him and took off with their vehicles.

“Dr. Ojeah in his agony, went to the NRC Police Command headquarters and lodged a report where he was advised to seek medical attention for stabilization. Ojeah is currently on admission receiving medical attention in the hospital and assault.”

Eye witness said Mr. Alli threatened to “blow him up” for his effrontery to challenge Alli’s reckless driving within the railway compound at Ebute Metta.

The beating left Ojeah with bleeding face and nose and also landed him in the FMC hospital bed.

Investigation revealed that Ojeah was trying to board a tricycle within the railway compound on Thursday night after the close of work, but was almost hit by an oncoming Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). His protest angered the driver of the SUV, who happened to be the Director of Operations in the railways.

It was gathered that Alli queried the audacity of the medical doctor to challenge his reckless driving, which degenerated into arguments. In the process, Alli allegedly hit Ojeah on the face, which led to serious bleeding.

The FMC management has also petitioned the NRC Managing Director Mr. Fidet Okhira on the assault

Director Legal Services of the MRC, Mr Obiora Emedolibe, confirmed the incident yesterday, saying the matter is being investigated by the police.

“We would not fully respond to this matter until the police submit its report which we believe it would be done in the next 24 hours,” he said

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