Delta State Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Anthonia Ashiedu, who was alleged to have watched the beating of a policeman by soldiers on the sidelines of the recent empowerment programme organised by her ministry in Warri, yesterday, denied witnessing the clash.
However, the policeman, who was beaten to a pulp by soldiers for allegedly blaring siren arbitrarily near their premises admitted, yesterday, that he did not know that the place he parked was close to a military base.
The commissioner who said she did not witness any clash between soldiers and policemen, who were on escort duty with her to Koko, Warri in the state, also rebuffed insinuations that the empowerment programme organised by her ministry gave out cash to the beneficiaries.
“It is not my practice to do such a thing if you were there, you would have heard me say it openly to the beneficiaries that we do not carry cash, we only issue certificates.
“I did not go with money to empower anybody, I do not even accept the traditional entertainment of accepting kolanuts; anybody who moves with me knows that.”
Dr. Ashiedu, said she felt distressed by the report that she watched the clash powerlessly, as she was nowhere, near where it happened, and only heard about it later.
An official, who was in the entourage of the commissioner told Vanguard: “There was no need for the police to have been blaring siren at that time.
“From Asaba to Koko, they did not blare siren because the commissioner does not even want it, so why did they choose to draw unnecessary attention by blaring it when the programme was already on.”