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RE-NOPRIN Want Imo Police Boss, Abubakar Probed

By State Communication Officer, Owerri.

I wish to react to the above editorial in general news (The Nigerian Voice) of 14 February 2012, with the above captioned by Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, and described the write up as fallacy, seditious and indeed filamentary. Factually, the issue in questioned is before the law court of competent jurisdiction on appeal. The plot number 273 Ikenegbu was handed over to the Police officially in 1999, certificate of occupancy No. 98, page 98 volume 334 are relevant, the matter from the available records, shown that it has been on since before the assumption of office of Abubakar as the Commissioner of Police Imo State in June 2011.

The below Summary of action in suits are vividly made categorically for authentication: suit no: HOW/177/2001, appeal no: CA/PH/302/2004 in respect of 273 Ikenegbu layout Owerri.

1. An appeal was made by the Attorney General Imo State in 2004 against the High Court Judgment against Police.

2. Motion on notice filed by the Police Command legal Department for an injunction restraining the respondent from any action on the said land pending the appeal against the High Court Judgment.

3. Today 29 February 2012, the matter was called up in the Court of appeal Owerri, but the Ministry of Justice sent in a letter of adjournment due to the burial or Court session of the late Judge of High Court (Retired)

The Police Command urged NOPRIN to come up with constructive criticisms not flogging dead horse. As the Police Command has absolute respect for court order and human rights accordingly.

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Okechukwu Nwanguma | 3/11/2012 11:45:00 AM
I am amazed at the level our Nigeria police can go in concocting and telling lies in order to decieve the public and cover up their lawlessness. There is no appeal known to the claimant or NOPRIN as claimed by the police. Instead, the claimant, FTC Kamdikora is in Owerri High Court 8 in Suit NO. HOW/745/2011 to enforce the earlier court judgment in Suit HOW/177/2011 which annuled the occupancy right of the police to the property and restored ownership of the propery to the rightful owner. On March 5, the Honourable trial judge rejected a preliminary objection brought before it by the Nigeria Police contesting the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit by Kamdikora against the Inspector General of Police. The Judge deprecated the police for violating his earlier order that parties should maintain status quo. The police ignored this directive and continued to erect structures on the property for commercial purpose. Case was adjourned to April. Please, verify the Suit Numbers the police quoted in this rejoinder to confirm its veracity. See also the report below:Police ignore court, occupy Owerri property Written by Steve Uzoechi, Owerri Sunday, 26 February 2012 00:00 The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has again spurned an order to appear in court, thus hazarding a contempt charge. In defiance to court judgment in suit number HOW/177/2001 which restored the property at plot 273 Ikenegbu Layout, Owerri, earlier confiscated by government, to its original owner, Chief P. C. Muoghalu, the Imo State Police Command trespassed into the said property, erecting structures for commercial use. In spite of the judgment which restored the property to Muoghalu; the resolution of the Imo State House of Assembly and the directive of the state government restoring the ownership of the property to Muoghalu and revoking the occupancy right of the police, the Imo State police command under the leadership of Mohammed Abubakar has allegedly continued to exhibit brazen and scornful disregard to the rule of law. Consequently, the current owner of the property, Chief F.T.C Kamdikora was compelled to approach the court again to enforce the previous judgment through suit no: HOW/745/2011. After preliminary hearings on the matter at High Court 8, Imo State, the court on the February 15, 2012, ordered that all the parties in the suit should desist from tampering with the property which is the subject matter of the suit pending the determination of the case by the court. In a letter to the Imo state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Abubakar by Barr. L.N. Alozie, counsel to Chief FTC Kamdikora, the lawyer accused the Police Chief of willfully disobeying court orders. The document partly reads: “This order of court has long been served on you through the O.C. Legal. Unfortunately, you have decided to ignore the orders of a competent superior court by instructing your men to continue with the construction work, in a subject matter before a superior court of record.” Reminding the Police chief that he was not above the law, Alozie warned that if the Police did not stop violating court orders, his client may have no choice but to activate the necessary contempt proceedings against the Imo state Police Commissioner. Effort to get a reaction from the Police Public relations unit was successful as he neither picked his calls nor responded to text messages
Okechukwu Nwanguma | 3/12/2012 3:30:00 PM
Background Sometime in 2011 or thereabout, F. C. T Kamdikora bought a piece or parcel of land known as Plot 273 Ikenegbu Layout, Owerri from one Chief P. C. Muoghalu who challenged the confiscation of his land by the Government of Imo State and obtained judgment in HOW/177/2011 against the Attorney General, Imo State and the Commissioner of Police Imo State amongst other Defendants. Judgment was duly served on all the Defendants including the office of the CP Imo State and all of them respected the judgment of the Court wherein Chief Muoghalu re-took possession and transferred his interest in the land to Kamdikora. Unfortunately, the present leadership of the Nigerian Police Force, Imo State Command under Mohammed Abubakar decided to subvert and treat the judgment and orders of the High Court with disrespect and disdain. Kamdikora duly protested this act of trespass by filing a suit against the Nigerian Police in the above stated suit. On the 15th day of February 2012, the High Court ordered all the parties in the suit not to tamper with the res i.e. the subject matter of the suit pending when the matter is decided. This order of Court has long been served on the CP through the O/C Legal. Unfortunately the CP has decided to ignore the orders of a competent superior Court by instructing his men to continue with the construction work in a matter before a superior Court of record. Despite a letter by Counsel advising the CP to desist from further disobedience of the orders of a competent Court by stopping all construction work on the land pending the outcome of the suit, the CP has continued to ignore the order.
Okechukwu Nwanguma | 3/12/2012 3:40:00 PM
Background Sometime in 2011 or thereabout, F. C. T Kamdikora bought a piece or parcel of land known as Plot 273 Ikenegbu Layout, Owerri from one Chief P. C. Muoghalu who challenged the confiscation of his land by the Government of Imo State and obtained judgment in HOW/177/2011 against the Attorney General, Imo State and the Commissioner of Police Imo State amongst other Defendants. Judgment was duly served on all the Defendants including the office of the CP Imo State and all of them respected the judgment of the Court wherein Chief Muoghalu re-took possession and transferred his interest in the land to Kamdikora. Unfortunately, the present leadership of the Nigerian Police Force, Imo State Command under Mohammed Abubakar decided to subvert and treat the judgment and orders of the High Court with disrespect and disdain. Kamdikora duly protested this act of trespass by filing a suit against the Nigerian Police in the above stated suit. On the 15th day of February 2012, the High Court ordered all the parties in the suit not to tamper with the res i.e. the subject matter of the suit pending when the matter is decided. This order of Court has long been served on the CP through the O/C Legal. Unfortunately the CP has decided to ignore the orders of a competent superior Court by instructing his men to continue with the construction work in a matter before a superior Court of record. Despite a letter by Counsel advising the CP to desist from further disobedience of the orders of a competent Court by stopping all construction work on the land pending the outcome of the suit, the CP has continued to ignore the order.
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