Lawyer reports policemen to PSC, alleges forgery, unlawful detention
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Lawyer reports policemen to PSC, alleges forgery, unlawful detention





By Solomon Odeniyi


 
A legal practitioner, Francis Echianu, has called on the Police Service Commission to investigate and prosecute two police officers, ASP Jamiu Olaigbe and Inspector Ati Jonah, as well as his cousin, Chidi, for illegal detention and alleged forgery of court documents.

In a petition addressed to the PSC, Echianu alleged that the police officers, on the instruction of Chidi who is based in Germany, arrested him, his younger brother, Chijioke, and his 78-year-old-year-old father, Meshack.

The petition partly read, “On December 24, 2020 in my village, Umuogbu Durunogbu Osina In Ideato North Local Government, Imo State, my cousin, Mr Chidi Echianu, brought in from Abuja one ASP Jamiu Olaigbe and Inspector Ati Jonah to arrest me, my father, Chief Meshack, and my younger brother, Chijioke Echianu, on a frivolous allegation that we threatened his life.

“He orchestrated that to force Meshack and his children to relinquish possession of a block of a flat in our home town where Meshack and his children had resided for the past four decades.

“That my said cousin further instructed ASP Jamiu Olaigbe and Inspector Ati Jonah in my presence to ensure that myself, my father, and my younger brother are detained in Abuja until we pack out from the family house which my father built with his hard-earned money.

“On December 24, 2020, the said ASP Jamiu Olaigbe and Inspector Ati Jonah carried out the unlawful instruction of Chidi Echianu and moved me, my father and my younger brother to Abuja where they detained us at the Asokoro Police Station Abuja instead of the Police Force Headquarters Edet House, Abuja.


“That on December 29, 2020, the said ASP Jamiu Olaigbe and Inspector Ati Jonah, under the Instruction of Chidi Echianu, went behind and obtained a forged detention warrant purportedly from Upper Area Court Karu, Nasarawa State and same was served on me on December 31, 2020.”


 
“That while in detention, I briefed one Alozie Nmerengwa, through my younger brother, Chinedu Echianu, a journalist who resides in Abuja to secure our release from Asokoro Police Station, who diligently approached Upper Area Court New Karu, Nasarawa State, to inquire the source of the purported detention warrant and he was duly informed by the registrar of the said court that the said detention warrant is fake.”

When contacted, the PSC spokesperson, Ikechukwu Ani, said the petition would be forwarded to the relevant department for investigation, adding that the commission would act afterwards.

 Copyright PUNCH.


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