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Published On: Tue, Mar 11th, 2014

Lawyer Gives IGP 30 Days Ultimatum to Produce Policemen Indicted in Killing of Delta Politician

Late Chief Ogbe Onokpite

By Oghenekevwe Laba
LAGOS MARCH 11TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Solicitors to group under the aegis of Urhobo New Face Youth Association and Diemo Onokpite, representative of the family of Delta State Citizen Peoples Party (CPP) Governorship candidate, Late Chief Ogbe Onokpite has issued thirty days ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar to produce the nine police officers indicted for participating in the alleged murder of Chief Ogbe Onokpite who was killed on Saturday November 26th , 2011 at the Police Area Command, Warri, Delta State, for orderly room trial, arraignment and prosecution in line with the laws of the land.

Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar

In a petition dated March 7th, 2012, signed by Odiana Eriata Esq, the lawyer disclosed that they were well informed that an aspect of the Police investigative report indicted five policemen by the authority of the legal opinion proffered by the Legal and Prosecution Department of the Nigeria Police prior to the time the duplicate copy of the file was transmitted to the Delta State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) under Barr. E. H. Edema.
The petition further explained that a legal advice from Commissioner of Police Legal and Prosecution section ‘D’ Department (FCID) Abuja, Bayo Ajileye equally revealed that a prima facie case of conspiracy and murder could be established against five named policemen (officers) who took one action or the other that resulted in the death of Ogbe Onokpite.
The petition made available to URHOBOTODAY, an online media porter of which copies were made available to the Senate President, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Speaker House of Representatives, House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, Federal Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Executive Secretary, National Human Right Commission, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Asaba, Delta State and The Chairman Police Service Commission among others revealed that a prima facie case of conspiracy and murder could be established against five named policemen (officers) who took one action or the other that resulted in the death of the deceased.
“These are ACP Abutu Yaro, ASP Ibrahim Umara, CLP. Kelechi Onyeka, CPL. Micheal Ahanuku and PC. Bateren Akpojere,” the petition disclosed, just as it also pointed out that Delta State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) added other police officer in person of Sgt. Mendugu Osuji, Inspector Lucky Iyoboyi, Cpl Odu Edward and Cpl Benjamin Joel. who were culpable of the offences of conspiracy, gun running and murder to the list of five indicted police officers by the Legal/Prosecution Section, ‘D’ Department of the FCID, Abuja.
“Sir in our assessment of your performance,the Police investigative team headed by CP Adamu Hassan (rtd.) has done a commendable job. Thus, the recommendation of the Delta State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), as contained in the Delta State Attorney General’s letter to the Deputy Inspector General of Police, which was delivered to the Office of Mr. Peter Gana, DIG ‘D’ Department, about 3/12/2013, that the Police Authority should subject the nine (9) policemen to police administrative procedure for disciplinary action and subsequent arraignment for prosecution for the offences of conspiracy and murder should be accorded compliance to avoid time lag and perversion of justice.
“In the circumstance to the extent of the outcome of the police investigative report as it where, Eriata & Partners, in the interest of justice as per the expectation of the provisions of the Administration of Criminal law in Nigeria, herein observe and humbly request as follows:-
“That following from the facts of the unlawful killing of Chief Ogbe Onokpite (the deceased) the suspects are not supposed to be enjoying their liberty but the contrary has been the case since it has been uncovered that the above named policemen allegedly gruesomely killed Chief Ogbe Onokpite.
“In order not for the family of late Chief Ogbe Onokpite and people of Nigeria not to suspect the police hierarchy of any complicity for its delay in bringing the killers of late Chief Ogbe Onokpite to justice, we honestly advise the DIG ‘D’ Department, Mr. Peter Gana and the Inspector General of police, Abubakar Mohammed to act now and bring the culprits to book.
“That, any incident of escape of any of the indicted policemen shall be viewed by the law as a deliberate act of the Police hierarchy to do injustice and promote criminality.
“And that the Inspector General of Police should further order the continuation of the investigation to reveal or uncover the civilians/politicians that procured ACP Abutu Yaro and his police criminal squad which have been found to be criminally liable for the unlawful killing of Chief Ogbe Onokpite (the deceased). They also need to face the wrath of the law, no matter their heights and sizes in the society,” the petition declared, threatening that they would proceed to court to seek an order of mandamus to compel the Nigeria Police and Government of Delta State to initiate move for arraignment and prosecution of the indicted policemen if nothing is done before or at the expiration of the 30 days ultimatum with effect from 11th March, 2014,” the petition declared.

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