Why we’re yet to arrest culprit in NAHCO’s staff assault case–Police

Mr. Tersuu Orhemba at
Surgical emergency department, LASUTH

victim awaiting surgery at LASUTH

Posted by Sade Williams

The Police at the Murtala Muhammed Airport command, on Monday explained why it was yet to arrest the culprit, one Bayo, who allegedly assaulted Mr. Tersuu Orhemba, a staff of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO), who is now lying critically ill at the Surgical emergency unit of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, (LASUTH), Ikeja, Lagos, after he sustained brain injuries from the assault.

It was gathered that while on duty, he (Orhemba) was hit on the back by Bayo, who works for Confidence Cargo and the attacked collapsed immediately and was rushed to LASUTH.

A source close to the cargo area told The Travelport that after he was attended to by the Doctors, it was revealed that he had internal bleeding and would require surgery to clear blood stains in the brain.

“He is lying critically ill in the hospital. NAHCO will require to conduct thorough investigation to apprehend the person who caused this pain to this young in order guarantee safety of other employees of the organisation. If this is not done the other staff of this organization are also at risk of been stabbed the same way”, the source said.

While The Travelport probed further, it was learnt that NAHCO security officers reported the matter to the Police at the airport.

A source at the airport said, ‘The Police came and wanted to effect arrest but some cargo agents said they would not allow the police to arrest any of them.  The Police went away. NAHCO security department followed up with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) who said that the Police had written to the Company of the alleged attacker for them to bring him for interview.

“Our Security Manager was forced to ask whether that would be the same position of the Police if the victim who is still lying critically ill in the hospital awaiting surgery should die. Would they be sitting down waiting for the company to produce the alleged culprit who was known to the Police and for an act that took place in the presence of Customs officers and other nahco staff who were ready to testify even as the attack was captured on the CCTV? The victim is lying critically ill in the hospital. The police have been unable to arrest the individual responsible for the attack. NAHCO may escalate the case beyond the DPO and Airport Police Command”, a source close to the organization said on Monday.

Meanwhile,  Mrs. Ronke Ogunniyi, the DPO, told the Travel Port on phone that the suspect is at large adding that she has personally written a letter to Confidence Cargo, Bayo’s company to produce him to the police.

“I have also called the chairman and CEO of the company to produce, he was known by his nickname but the company is already aware, to me there is no hiding place for him, whether in his house or office but we cannot hold the owner of the company responsible, the culprit can’t runaway, we will get him”, she said.

As at the time of filling this report, Orhemba’s wife, Mrs. Zipporah Orhemba, who spoke to The Travel Port on phone, said her husband was about to be rolled into the Theatre at LASUTH for the surgery, expressing hope that he would be back on his feet.

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