*Walks out on the Union officials
*Takes accommodation with police for his conduct
By Sandra Onyekwere
Mr Nnachi Okafor, a level 12 officer of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has allegedly assaulted a female superior staff of the organisation over disagreement relating to management of their local chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The victim, Mrs Jessie Mudashiru, who is a level 14 officer in the FCTA was reportedly slapped twice and manhandled by Okafor.
Officials of the FCT NUJ were said to have attempted to mediate in the issue but the very aggressive Okafor walked out on them. Later, he was arrested by policemen. Okafor is the incumbent chairman of FCTA Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists. That chapel has been in a long drawn crisis.
In the course of the argument, Okafor was reported to have assaulted his victim physically, and angrily launched verbal attack on her, calling her a prostitute who sleeps with men both in the office and brothels to curry favour.
Trouble started when the victim accompanied another staff of the administration to seek certain clarifications on some issues bordering on staff welfare in Okafor’s office.
Narrating her ordeal on phone when called, Mrs Mudashiru said she was not only assaulted but dehumanised and abused by Okafor, who has been adjudged as a misogynist by many, even as she threatened to seek justice in a competent court of law.
“I took a colleague to see Mr Nnachi Okafor who is the chairman of FCTA Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists to seek certain clarifications on some welfare issues. I was not part of their discussion not until Nnachi raised his voice to a high pitch to demonstrate his anger on the ranging issue.
“I only cautioned Nnachi to bring down his voice because of the office environment.
“To my greatest shock, he suddenly turned his uncontrollable anger on me and called me a prostitute who sleeps with men in different offices to curry favour. I was angered by his uncivilised description of my person.
“I told him that he should be ashamed of himself because at 50 years, no wife, no girlfriend or child could be traced to him.
“Before I know it, Nnachi descended on me. He delivered two quick slaps on both sides of my cheeks. It took the efforts of my colleagues and other men to rescue me from his hands”, Mudasiru stated.
Ever since, my life has been under threat by Nnachi.
According to her, “the matter may end up in court since some women Non Governmental Organisations have been contacted to take up the matter because my life remains under threat.”
At the last count, he was picked by the Police. Efforts to make him apologise and take the path of peace proved abortive. Physical assault in many media organisations in the country is instant sack but this being a government establishment may drag.