A lawyer who ordered his staff and a security guard to push down a 300 level female student of Political Science in Anambra State University has been petition by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone-B..
NANS, which carried out a protest on Monday in Awka, blocked the Goodwill Junction axis of Oby Okoli Avenue, Okpuno-Awka, for over an hour.
NANS Zone-B, Coordinator Mr. Ikechukwu Okorie led other students to also shut the office of the accused lawyer, Mr Albert Okwudinka.
The copies of the petition to the IGP were made available to reporters Monday by the NANS coordinator Okorie.
He alleged that the student, Miss Chioma Ifemeludike, was pushed down from a storey building on the orders of the lawyer.
“Ifemeludike, a 300 level student of Political Science had paid all dues required to be accommodated as tenant of an apartment at Big Brother Castle, Awka being managed by the lawyer.
According to him, “Following the payment, she attempted to install the signal dish of her DSTV cable on June 15 at a vantage position where other tenants had mounted theirs but was prevented by the lawyer.
“The lawyer had given frivolous grounds that a separate request and payment be made before installation.
“At the persistence of Ifemeludike, Okwudinka threatened and affirmed that should she dare mount the platform, she would have to live to tell the story if she is fortunate to be alive.
“The lawyer after threatening her, ordered his staff and a security guard within the premises to push her down from a height of a storey-building,” the petition read.
Reacting, the lawyer described the allegation as “false”, noting that efforts were already on to resolve the matter at the Police station with her relatives.
Okwudinka said, “I did not order anyone to push or beat Ifemeludike but only ordered that the DSTV signal dish which she installed be removed”
“She fell down while dragging the signal dish with the person I ordered to remove it,” he said.
But Okorie, noted that Ifemeludike suffered serious life threatening bodily injuries which did not attract the sympathy of Okwudinka who, he alleged only showed pretentious remorse.
The Coordinator said that the lawyer ignored the call to show up at the B-division Police station, Awka, where the matter was first reported until it was transferred to Area Command.
NANS, therefore, appealed to the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General, Directorate of State Services (DSS), the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, the Nigerian Bar Association, among others to wade into the matter.
Ifemeludike, the victim, is the National President of National Association of Nigerian Female Students.
She told reporters that the protest and petition was to ensure that justice prevailed.
“If I as the female president of NANS can be treated like this, then no female student is safe,” she added.
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