From Osakhare Erese Asaba
Nearly two years after a case of assault was brought against Hon. Ossai N. Ossai, who is representing Ndokwa Federal Constituency of Delta State, there are indications he may finally be made to answer to the charges.
A member of the team investigating the case at Force Headquarters, Abuja, ASP Jamiu Jnr. confirmed it is considering measures to get the lawmaker to respond to the charges as it could not continually wait on him to voluntarily report to the police.
The case of assault against Hon. Ossai, a member of the House of Representatives was first incidented on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the G.R.A. Police Station, Asaba, Delta State capital by an Asaba-based businessman, Mr. Davidson Oraihi, the Managing Director of Wood Affairs Nigeria Limited, Asaba.
In a statement confirmed by the Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Inspector Yinkere Konboye of the Delta State Police Command, Oriahi alleged that Hon. Ossai, who was also the Majority Leader of the Delta State House of Assembly, had ordered police orderlies attached to him led by one Inspector Dogo to physically assault him for demanding payment of a balance of N150, 000 which Hon. Ossai owed him since 2014 for doors supplied to De La Nice Hotel owned by the federal lawmaker in Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State where Hon. Ossai hails from.
Oriahi said that Hon. Ossai “bought doors from my company, Wood Affairs Limited in 2014 worth N375, 000. He transferred N250, 000 to us via our Zenith Bank account, leaving a balance of N150, 000, including the cost of an extra door which we added to the balance. I’ve been calling him since 2014 but he does not respond to my calls or text messages”.
He said when he ran into the federal lawmaker at a wedding in Asaba on March 26, 2016, he demanded payment of the outstanding balance but instead, Hon. Ossai ordered his orderlies to teach him a lesson, leaving him in bruises while firing several shots in the air to deter passersby who took pity on him.
He said he was hospitalized for several days as he could not see clearly with his eyes and sustained bruises all over his body while his phones were damaged in the process.
His lawyers, O. W. Chibuogwu and Associates confirmed it has petitioned the Force Headquarters, Abuja and the National Human Rights Commission on the incident.
The petition made available to our reporter, titled, “Assault, Molestation And Disdainful Treatment by men of your Force at the behest of Hon. Ossai N. Ossai- S. O. S. Appeal for Redress”, reads: “our client was beaten up and assaulted in public glare like a common criminal for demanding a paltry balance of payment for a job executed by his company in good faith as far back as 2014 from Ossai N. Ossai, a citizen of this country who never had a complaint whatsoever about the deliveries made and who has the means to so pay at any time given his status in the society.”
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim had earlier confirmed that the Command invited the lawmaker to Asaba through the Clerk of the National Assembly to respond to the allegation.
Hon. Ossai, in his reaction, said he had already visited the Force Headquarters in Abuja where he made a statement to the Police.