Only weeks after the Lagos State Police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, allegedly attempted to stab another female police officer over a parking spot at the Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, a female journalist said Ms. Braide today in the same premises threatened to fight with her.
The journalist, a PM News reporter who requested anonymity, said she had gone to obtain a comment from Miss Braide on a story she was working on, but said the spokesperson became furious, threatened a fight, and ordered her to leave the office. According to the journalist, “She became angry and told me that my friends and I are peddling lies that she fought with a CSP in public. Miss Braide went on to call me all sorts of names and accused me of blackmail. She went on to order me to leave the office but I told her that I will not leave because the Lagos State PPRO's office is a public office and does not belong to her.
At this point she got up from her seat and charged towards me as if she wanted to fight me. I still stood waiting to see what she will do next. She walked towards me and she said, ‘Take your dirty body out of my office. This is my office. You and your friends can go on to say all things and blackmail me. I don't care.’ At this point some journalists held her and prevented her from fighting me." She said she was shocked and dismayed at Ms. Braide’s behavior but was not surprised as the spokesperson has quarreled with other reporters before and even gone as far as threatening a superior police officer with a dagger over a mere parking space at the police headquarters.
“She fought with this female CSP until her breast was exposed,” the reporter said. “Other policemen had to restrain her that day. This is something that happened in public and is well known but she is lying, denying that it never happened.” She said she did not blame Ms. Braide, as the Inspector General of Police and some other journalists were shielding her, giving her the opportunity to continue to misbehave, but expressed the hope that the spokesperson does not one day stab the commissioner or even the IGP.
For herself, she said she would contact her lawyer and then petition the authorities. “This is a threat to my life and defamation of character," she said. In a previous incident, Ms. Braide was reported to have threatened to stab a senior police officer, identified as Cynthia Ibeama, over the use of a parking spot in the office premises.