By Fidel Marshall
|Mr. Emmanuel Gonquoi |
Speaking to this paper at the Slipway police station around the new bridge area, Gonqoui said he was brutalized by two men dressed in LNP uniform who claimed were assigned at that depot. The incidence is believed to have ensued between the civil society official and the police officers where a motorcycle he was riding was arrested by police on grounds that the motorcyclist did not wear protective helmet while plying the streets. Information gathered said Gonquoi tried to engage the officers on the matter since he was a passenger but was urged to stay out of police business.
“After the motorcyclist consented to going to court on the request of the officers, and in supporting his idea, I asked them for their identity so can be easily assessable while I help the motorcyclist pursue the case. It was how the other officer, who was later identified as Fallah Bondu, slapped me in my face. The other officer, only identified as Prince ran way when tension mounted into the case,” Emmanuel said.
He said the officers refuse to show their identities for reasons that “speaking to civilian is not a right; it is a privilege; so we will not identify ourselves.”
He said in an attempt to defend himself by blocking slaps by Officer Bondu, he received several slaps and punches; something that is said to have drawn the attention of shop owners and street peddlers.
When journalists were contacted to get comment of the Slipway Depot commander on the matter, Peter Hutches said the two officers that assaulted the civil society executive were not assigned at the depot.
According to Commander Peter Hutches, officers arresting cars and motorcycle in the streets were under the direct control of Police Chief of Traffic, Mickey Gray, whom he referred journalists and Mr. Gonquoi to.
In fact, when one of brutalizer-police officers was summoned by Commander Hutches for questioning, he denied of knowing the victim or the incident involving Emmanuel Gonquoi.
In route to the Headquarter of the LNP, a text from Information Minister, Cletus Sieh, urged Mr. Gonquoi to wait on the arrival of Min. Isaac Jackson who later met journalists and the victim at central.
When he arrived, Min. Jackson is quoted as urging victim Gonquoi to “next time stay clear from the way of the police,” something apparently impossible when the police should be regarded as a friend whom citizens run to for help and redress in keeping with laws.