Okadigbo’s wife sues IGP over police harassment
June 26, 2012 in Nigerian Current Affairs
Wife of late former Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo, Margery, has dragged the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, the Assistant Inspector General of Zone 9-Umuahia, Mr. Solomon Olusegun, and the Anambra State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ballah Nassarawa, to court, following what she describes as incessant and unwarranted harassment by some police officers.
Mrs. Okadigbo, yesterday, told reporters in an interview in Awka that she received invitation from the police during her father’s burial last week, and that she became apprehensive when the officers would not say why they wanted her.
Perceiving therefore that her rights could be trampled upon in what appears an illegal agenda, she moved to enforce her fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.
“How can the same police that assigned officers to protect me when I reported threats to my life by some faceless persons, turn around to say they are looking for me over an undisclosed issue,” she said.
Mrs. Okadigbo noted that persons alleging that she forged affidavits should know that she did not depose to any document whatsoever and is not a Commissioner of Oaths who signs affidavits. She added that the matter of her candidature for the 2011 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Anambra North Senatorial election is still in court, hence she could not comment on it.
She was quick to point out that she became the PDP candidate in that election by virtue of her victory at the party’s primaries as was recorded and returned vide PDP Form 004, and not as a result of any affidavit whatsoever.
PDP, she said, does not base its nominations on affidavits, but on the result of its validly conducted primaries.
The Public Relations Officer of the Anambra State Police Command, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka, told reporters that the matter is already being addressed by the Commissioner through the Legal Department of the command, and that in due course, it will make its stand public.
Prince John Emeka, former Minister of Transport, who is one of the parties in suits to determine who was the actual PDP candidate in the 2011 Senatorial election, failed to speak after repeated calls.
But Senator Alphonsus Igbeke, another of her opponent in the suits, urged Mrs. Okadigbo to go to the police to answer any charges against her.
The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the final determination of who was the validly nominated candidate of the PDP in the election, which has been the subject of much litigation.
The seat has, so far, remained vacant in the Upper Legislative chambers.
Via The Guardian