By Paul Efiong, Abuja
Former presidential candidate and Director General National Task force on Prohibition of Illegal Importation/Smugling of Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapon,(NATFORCE),Chief Osita Okereke Emmanuel(OON) has debunked his alleged detention in Kuje prison along with 22 of his personnel as recently published in a National Daily.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja yesterday, Chief Okereke described the said publication in Punch Newspaper of Thursday May 3,2019 as “ a handiwork of his enemies, carefully drafted to tarnish his hard earned image “ this publication is rubbish, nonsense and a calculated attempt to smear my image and that of my organization, it was drafted to destroy us”.
He wondered how a high ranking police officer who doubles as the spokesman of the force in the person of Mr Frank Mba who he has great respect for,would suddenly wake up and begin to dish out false information to the Nigeria public on a matter he has no knowledge of just for the purpose of rubbishing his name to please his paid masters, adding “ I don’t have anything against the Nigeria Police Force but its Spokesman’.
Okereke who vowed to seek justice on the matter until the force Image maker retracts the story also promised not to give up with his objectives of sanitazing Nigeria from all form of Ilegal importation of small arm, ammunition and light weapons.
He further explained why he was arrested by the police recently, stating:”I went with my boys to pay courtesy visit on the Inspector General of Police because we had received signal to that effect, only for me to see two men without uniform who claimed they were sent to arrest me base on an alleged petition against me.I told them that I had an appointment with their boss but they refused and were already embarrassing me in the present of my boys.I resisted it and went with my boys to honour a scheduled appointment I had with IGP’s office where I was arrested based on false information given to the Police authorities by the officers who not only claimed that they were attacked by my boys and that their identity cards, the sum of N33,000 and a wrist watch worth N700,000 was removed from one of them in the cause of the fight.
“The Police authorities detained me at Special Anti-Robbery Squared( SARS) for 10 days and later dragged me to Wuse Magistrate court on account of an alleged assault on the two officers sent to arrest me and the Court granted me bail that same day on April 28,2019 with some of my boys. I was never taken to Kuje Prison on account of this, yet the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba was quoted to have granted an interview to Punch Newspaper Correspondent on Wednesday, May 2,2019 alleging that I was held in prison custody in Kuje along with 22, of my men based on the allegation against me.
“It beats my imagination on how a deputy Commissioner of Police who doubles as the image maker of the Force in the person of Mba would exhibit this level of ignorance in the discharge of his duties on a matter as sensitive as this just to please his sponsors.
“I respect the current IGP, he is my friend and our work in NATFORCE brought him to limelight but I would not like this wicked action of Mba to be swept under the carpet. He must retract the false publication otherwise I will sue him for damages to my person,” he cautioned.