Traffic police officer arrested, charged with common assault
By Staff Reporter
A traffic police officer that was involved in an altercation with a motorist in a video that has gone viral on social media has been arrested and charged with Common Assault contrary to section 247 of the Laws of Zambia.
And Police Public Relations Officer Esther Katongo has warned members of the public that some imposters had opened Facebook accounts in Nigeria using the name of Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja.
Katongo said the officer identified as Constable Brian Nkhoma was reported to have been infuriated when the victim refused to follow him to the police station where he should have been charged for traffic related offences.
Katongo said the victim, Devidas Rupnar aged 40, requested that Constable Nkhoma takes his details so that he could later report as he was rushing to the office at the time. Unfortunately, the request infuriated Nkhoma who subsequently harassed and abused Rupnar.
“The victim reported the matter to police and a statement was recorded. The officer is currently detained in police custody. Further, administrative action has been instituted in the matter in line with the recommendation by the Inspector General of Police to have the officer dismissed,” said Katongo.
She said according to the brief facts available, when Rupnar reached the junction of Lusaka’s Kalambo road and Freedom way at about 14 00 hours yesterday, 12th November, 2018, he was approached by Constable Nkhoma who ordered him to accompany him to the Police.
She has since reminded police officers to always be professional and exercise restraint as they discharge their duties.
Accoridng to the video recording, Nkhoma plucked the insurance and road tax discs from the windscreen before appearing to have slapped his victim and later jumped off the vehicle.
And Katongo warned imposters using fake Facebook accounts in the name of the Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja.
“We wish to inform members of the public that there are fake Facebook accounts that have been opened using particulars and pictures of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Kakoma Kanganja. Initial investigations have revealed that the accounts were opened from Nigeria. We therefore, advise members of the public to avoid falling prey to these criminals who would want to defraud them using these fake accounts,” she said
Katongo added that Communication has been made to Facebook to have the accounts pulled down.