The Ebonyi State People’s Democratic Party, PDP has accused the state government and the commissioner of police in the state of working ‘hand in gloves with a gang of vicious hoodlums’ of terrorising its members in the state.
The State chairman of the Party Mr Tochukwu Okorie who made the accusation in a petition letter to the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Director General, State Security Service (DSS) which was made available to newsmen in Abakaliki alleged state sponsored terror against party members.
“I find it very worrisome that Ebonyi State Police Command appears to be working hand in gloves with a gang of vicious hoodlums on a reckless rampage with the backing and facilitation of Ebonyi State Government. Well-meaning and law-abiding citizens of Ebonyi State are being pushed beyond tolerable limits by the mayhem, wanton destruction, naked molestation and dehumanising treatment these agents of evil and their pay masters are consistently unleashing on innocent citizens of the state.”
He called the Inspector General of Police as a matter of urgency to intervene to save Ebonyi State citizens over alleged to threat of lives
“That the Honourable IGP should as a demonstration of professionalism and respect for the rule of law, intervene to save Ebonyi state citizens from state sponsored terror”.
“That the Honourable IGP should investigate Cases of professional misconduct by the Ebonyi state Police Command in the interest of the image of the Nigerian Police Force, and the personal integrity of the IGP as a fine officer and gentleman’
“That the IGP should intervene to release Mr.Chika Nwoba,the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP who is still in the custody of the police more than 48 hours of his abduction by an armed gang and detention by the police”.
Recall that Mr Nwoba Chika Nwoba the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Publicity Secretary in Ebonyi State
was reportedly slumped in court on Wednesday.
Nwoba slumped around 3 pm when he was brought to the Magistrate Court 2 inside the Ebonyi Judiciary Headquarters Abakaliki by Police operatives.
He had been in police detention since Sunday when members of Ebubeagu Security outfit in the State arrested and handed him over to the Police.
He is being accused by State government of spreading fake news on social media, a crime punishable under the controversial cybercrimes law signed into law last year.
The Ebonyi State chapter of People’s Democratic Party had claimed that he was beaten by Ebubeagu officials who arrested him before the Police rescued and placed him on arrest.
The Police had failed to arraign him on Tuesday despite bringing him to the court premises.
His lawyer complained on Tuesday that the Police refused him medical treatment despite the injuries he sustained from the alleged beating.
On Wednesday, he slumped as he was about entering the court.
Efforts to resuscitate him failed, forcing the Police to rush him out of the court premises possibly to a hospital.
However as journalists prepared to leave to file their reports, he was brought back by the Police.
His lawyer, Barr Luke Nkwegu told reporters that the Police said they were ordered to bring him back for arraignment dead or alive.
The Magistrate Court 2 sitting in Abakaliki presided by Blessing Chukwu adjoined the matter till 14th of January 2022.
The court also ordered Nwoba be sent to the Police Clinic in Abakaliki for treatment.
The Court gave the order following an application by the PDP spokesperson’s lawyer, Luke Nkwegu.
Nkwegu had prayed the court not to entertain the matter since his client was not in a capacity to stand trial due to ill health.
Nwoba was carried into the court by over five men and placed on a seat in the dock.
Two policemen held him throughout the period of the court session to avoid his falling to the ground.
He did not respond to his name being called when the matter was called.
Despite the objection by the Police prosecutor, Mathis Eze, the judge ordered that he be taken to the Police clinic for treatment.