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Rights group tasks police on officers accused of kidnapping, extortion of N18m from Anambra businessman

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Prominent Civil rights advocacy group- HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has expressed disappointment and sadness at the lack of action by the Inspector-General of Police Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba on a subsisting
petition against Mr. Martin Ngoesina Okechukwu, Chile Ajani, CSP Patrick agbazue, officer in charge of scid-annex Awkuzu, Mr. osim, the admin officer, Mr. Uche Chukwudi (IPO) for alleged unlawful kidnap, detention and extortion of a whooping sum of N18 million from a businessman Mr. John Elochukwu.
HURIWA said it was reprehensible, despicable and thoroughly embarrassing for the Nigeria Police Force that such weighty allegations of the kidnap of a citizen under the guise of ‘lawful’ arrest and his arbitrary detention in the same notorious SARS FACILITY in Awkuzu Anambra State and the extortion of his N18 million which was allegedly paid by the alleged police hostage even whilst still been locked up at the police detention facility, that such serious allegations are not being rapidly investigated by the Inspector-General of Police is a matter that President Muhammadu Buhari and the National police Council should take action.
In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA stated thus: ” The Inspector-General of Police must immediately take open, transparent steps to probe the damaging allegations of the use of government security institution, facility, the Nigerian Police force Anambra state police command state criminal investigation department (scid) annex awkuzu unit oyi local government area, Anambra state of Nigeria, to kidnap, arrest, detain, intimidate and extort eighteen million naira only (N18,000,000.00) ransom from a citizen Mr. John Nlochukwu, which was withdrawn from account 2140743696, uba bank and allegedly paid into Mr. Ikechukwu O
biada’s account (omaba block industry) to secure his release from them.
HURIWA said her attention has been called to the embarrassing accusations which according to it must be rapidly confronted by the IGP himself because this matter of gross human rights violations that borders on false imprisonment, blackmail, kidnapping and theft of the humongous cash belonging to  Chief John Elochukwu of Umunnakwa Agwa Village, Ifite-Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area, Anambra State of Nigeria if left unattended to as the Inspector-General of Police Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba is treating the issue, will further be seen by members of the international community as another concrete evidence of the damaging report made about the Nigeria Police force by the United States Department of State in its most recent yearly human rights reports.
HURIWA asserted that the States Department of the United States Government reports that significant human rights abuses included credible reports of: unlawful and arbitrary killings by both government and non-state actors; forced disappearances by the government, terrorists, and criminal groups; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by the government and terrorist groups; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrests and detention.
HURIWA said information available to it indicates that the victim of police arbitrary arrests, detention, and extortion of N18 million Chief John Elochukwu client is a businessman who has an operational base at Onitsha, Anambra State, but often stays at his abode of Umunnakwa Agwa Village, Ifite-Nteje, due to its nearest to Onitsha.
HURIWA affirmed that “We were however informed that on 20th February 2022 at about 3:00am while he was sleeping in his house at the village, his premises were surrounded by some people who claimed to be Officers from the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Annex Awkuzu Unit and their mission was to get him arrested on account of a purported petition from the Inspector-General of Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja against him. The officers, however, had no search warrant for their mission, but they themselves as police officers (as claimed) from the Anambra State Police Command Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Annex Awkuzu Unit, insisted on searching his entire premises, and after searching his house, they did not find any incriminating item(s) and still got him arrested with serious beating and subsequently detained him in their office.”
“That when he queried why they were embarrassing him, according to the leader of the group who arrested him, he was told that it was because of the petition against him from the Inspector-General of Police Office, Abuja, which they were executing.
 He also told us that he requested them to make available, the said petition but none was brought/given or shown to him, which ordinarily ought to be the right procedure.
But they detained him for 5 days and while he is still in detention, the Officer-In-Charge of (SCID) Awkuzu Unit Annex CSP Patrick Agbazue, the investigating Police Officer Mr. Uche Chukwudi and Mr. Martin Ngoesina Okechukwu and Chike Ajani whom the O/C SARS uses as an alleged front in their alleged Kidnapping for Ransom Business brought him out of the cell around 3:00am, and took him to the CSP Patrick Agbazue’s office and informed him that they have agreed that he should pay the sum of Eighteen Million Naira only (N18,000,000.00) to secure his release from them, if not, he will be wasted that night and this was with much threat to his life by them.”
“He told us that it was then he knew that it was actually kidnappers that took him, but were only using the (SCID) Annex Awkuzu Unit facility to perfect their act(s) in connivance with Mr. Martin Ngoesina Okechukwu and CSP Patrick Agbazue the Officer-In-Charge of SCID Annex Awkuzu Unit. He then became afraid of his life considering the level of inhumane treatment they were melting on him, agreed to their ransom bid. It was Mr. Chike Ajani who went to UBA Bank, brought and returned the transfer mandate form used to remove money from our client’s account. He eventually paid them N15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Naira only), while N3,000,000.00 (Three Million Naira only) was given cash to them. He was immediately released on 25th February 2022 without any mention of the reason(s) why he was detained.”
HURIWA is therefore urging President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Inspector-General of Police Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba to expeditiously investigate this daming allegations with the view to adopting law-based approach to retrieve the allegedly stolen money of the businessman from the police officers as alleged and then to use the lawful means to bring the police officers to face the full weight of the law should the allegations be confirmed to be true as alleged by the victim of alleged police kidnap and theft of N18 million in Anambra State, South East of Nigeria.

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