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A Demand For Investigation & Dismissal Of CP John Abang & Others Over The Oraifite-Anambra Police & Army Mayhem Of 2nd Dec 2019

PUBLIC INTEREST PETITION

                                                                                                                  Ref: INTERSOC:002/12/19/PSC/ABJ/NG

Monday 16th Dec 2019

Retired IGP Musiliu Smith

Chairman, Police Service Commission

The PSC Headquarters, Federal Secretariat Complex

Shehu Shagari Way, Central Area, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

 

Sir,

 

A Demand For Investigation & Dismissal Of CP John Abang & Others Over The Oraifite-Anambra Police & Army Mayhem Of 2nd Dec 2019

 

The above subject matter refers.

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Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law-INTERSOCIETY is strongly demanding and calling on Your Commission to thoroughly and impartially investigate the involvement(s) and roles of the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP John Abang, the Oraifite Area Commander, ACP Oliver Inoma-Abbey, the Divisional Police Officer of the Oraifite Divisional Police Station, CSP Alexander Chigozie Onwuka, the Officer-in-Charge of the Ichi Unit of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), ASP Joseph Akubo and other police officers who vicariously or directly participated in the catastrophic Mayhem. 

The affected police officers shall be so investigated and sanctioned whether living or dead and found culpable, they should be dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force and made to face prosecution. This measure, when taken, shall serve as deterrent to others and ensure justice for the victims, the perpetrators and the society including the peace loving people of Oraifite Community in Ekwusigo Council Area of Anambra State.

 

Powers & Functions Of PSC Upon Which We Write

Our writing Your Commission is in recognition of powers and functions clearly vested in Your Commission by Sections 6(1) of the Police Service Commission Act of 2004 and 153 (m) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and its Paragraph 30 of Pat 1 of the Third Schedule.

 

As a matter of law, Sir, the Police Service Commission is empowered by Section 6 (1) of the PSC Act (under Part 11: Functions & Powers of the Commission) to: (a) be responsible for the appointment and promotion of persons to offices (other than the office of the Inspector-General of Police) in the Nigeria Police Force, (b) dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over Persons (other than the Inspector-General of Police) in the Nigeria Police Force, (c) formulate polices and guidelines for the appointment, promotion, discipline and dismissal of officers of the Nigeria Police Force, (d) identify factors inhibiting or undermining discipline in the Nigeria Police Force, (e) formulate and implement policies aimed at the efficiency and discipline to the Nigeria Police Force, (f) perform such other functions which in. the opinion of the Commission are required to ensure the optimal efficiency of the Nigeria Police Force ; and (g) carry out such other functions as the President may, from time to time, direct.

 

By the provision of Paragraph 30 under Section 153 in the Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, the Commission is constitutionally empowered to: (a) appoint persons to offices other than the office of the Inspector General of Police in the Nigeria Police Force; and (b) dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding any office referred to in sub-paragraph (a) of this Paragraph. The persons holding such offices are all sworn or serving members of the Nigeria Police Force, from Constable to Deputy Inspector General of Police including CP John Abang, CP Anambra State Police Command.

Facts Of The Matter

The named police officers and others known to them had on 2nd Dec 2019 visited  unspeakable violence and destructions on the entire family and neighbors of the late Nze Okolie Ejiofor of Umunnakwa Kindred in Ifite-Oraifite Community located in Ekwusigo Council Area of Anambra State; leading to massive burning and destruction of properties and loss of innocent lives. The family, their neighbors, friends and well wishers had gathered since 24th Nov 2019 for the funeral rite of their son, the late Louis Chukwukpelum Ejiofor, an ordained Reverend of the Anglican Communion.

The most shocking was that the burning and destructions were vicariously and/or directly perpetrated by the named police officers and others known to them including soldiers. The Anambra State Commissioner of Police later justified the ‘service’ burning and destructions by claiming that “two police officers, an ACP and an ASP were lost in the attacks”. The properties burnt or destroyed by the named police officers and their complicit soldiers and others, included the entire modern family houses of the Ejiofors’ numbering six, sixteen other houses within the neighborhood, ten street trading stores, automobiles, house-hold properties including electronics and electrical appliances, refrigerators, chairs, clothes, cash, etc.

The Anambra CP and cohorts, having realized the extent of destruction, played a smart game by “declaring” the chief victim (Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor) “wanted” and issued an order for his arrest (dead or alive) anywhere in Nigeria. The CP specifically claimed that Barr Ejiofor “is wanted for sundry felonies” including “murder, arson, terrorism and treason”. The embattled Lawyer had since approached the Awka Federal High Court via suit number FHC/AWK/CS/133/19 for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights to life, dignity of human person, liberty, privacy and family and fair hearing as well as his right to freedom of movement, association, assembly and expression. In response, the Mr. Justice Quadri led Court 2 on Friday, 14th Dec 2019 ordered all the Respondents in the Suit including the Anambra CP and the IGP to ‘maintain status quo and warned not to arrest the Lawyer until the Originating Motion on Notice is determined’.

   

The affected police officers, Sir, had, against the Code of Conduct guiding the officers and personnel of the Nigeria Police Force and their operations, played into the hands of some controversial rich natives of the Community and allowed themselves to be hired as ‘officers of violence and destruction’; thereby acting overzealously, brazenly, riotously and murderously. What started as mere ‘cultural group-affray’ on Sat 30th Nov 2019, which has nothing to do with the chief victim (Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor), who was in his house mourning his late elder brother, was cashed in, escalated and transformed by the named police officers and their cohorts into arson and destruction of unimaginable magnitude and quantification.

Short Profiles Of The Named Police Officers

CP John Abang

Known to the Nigeria Police Force as ‘Abang B. John, fddc’, he hails from Boki in Cross River State and was born on 29th Feb 1962. Joined the NPF with enlistment number AP30468, CP Abang B. John, fdc is also the number 46 in the list of the serving Commissioners of Police in Nigeria. Promoted last to CP on 4th Dec 2017with a retirement date of 29th Feb 2022. CP Abang B. John, fdc, holds a B.Sc. in Intenet Science and was posted to Anambra State as CP on 5th July 2019.

ACP Oliver Inoma-Abbey

Known to the Nigeria Police Force as ‘Oliver I. Inoma-Abbey’, he hails from Bonny in Rivers State and was born on 15th July 1963. Joined the NPF with enlistment number AP36037 on 1st July 1986, ACP Oliver I. Inoma-Abbey is also the number 167 in the list of the serving ACPs in Nigeria. Promoted last to ACP on 21st Nov 2016 with a retirement date of 1st July 2021. ACP Oliver I. Inoma-Abbey holds HND in Estate Management and was posted to Anambra State Police Command as AC, Oraifite Area Command on 11th Dec 2017.

CSP Alexander Chigozie Onwuka

Known to the Nigeria Police Force as ‘Alexander Chigozie Onwuka’, he hails from Nkwere in Imo State and was born on 10th Dec 1965. Joined the NPF with enlistment number AP62796 on 1st Jan 1990, CSP Alexander Chigozie Onwuka is also the number 694 in the list of the serving CSPs in Nigeria. Promoted last to CSP on 1st August 2015 with a retirement date of 1st Jan 2025, CSP Onwuka holds LLB in Law and was posted to Anambra State Police Command since 23rd Dec 2014, from where he was made the Divisional Police Officer of Oraifite Divisional Command.

ASP Joseph Akubo

He is the current Unit Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, Ichi Unit in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

 

For more details, Sir, see the attached copy of our detailed letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, dated same 17th Dec 2019, demanding for the institution of A Joint Investigation Board into the catastrophic mayhem. The 6-page letter is officially copied to Your Commission as clearly indicated after the signature section.

 

We trust, Sir, that this letter will receive expeditious attention and treatment from Your Commission.

 

Yours in the Service to Humanity

 

For: Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law

 

·         Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chair of the Board

Criminologist & Graduate of Security Studies

Master of Science, Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution

 

 

·         Lawyer Obianuju Joy Igboeli

Head, Civil Liberties & Rule of Law Program

 

·         Lawyer Ndidiamaka Bernard

Head, Int’l Justice & Human Rights Program

 

·         Lawyer Chinwendu Cordelia  Umeche

Head, Democracy & Good Governance

 

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CC:

·         The Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Office of the SGF, the Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja, Nigeria

 

·         The Attorney General of the Federation

Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja, Nigeria