Umahi, Onu Face-off: Science Minister Accused Of Sponsoring Citizens Arrest

    The continued unhealthy relationship between the Ebonyi State
    Governor, Chief David Umahi and the Minister of Science and
    Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu yesterday thicken as the State Governor
    yesterday frowned at the way and manner citizens of the State were
    recently arrested and whisked to Abuja following alleged petition
    written by the Science and Technology Minister.
    Addressing the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of
    Research and Training, DIG Valentine Ntomchukwu, Governor Umahi
    express concern over the constant invasion of the State by Policemen
    from Zone 6 Calabar and Force Headquarters Abuja to whisk away
    citizens of the State without recourse to the State Police
    Commissioner and called on the Police leadership to urgently address
    the issue.
    Governor Umahi who was honoured by the Inspector General of Police, IG
    Ibrahim Idris as the most Police Friendly Governor in the country
    called on the Police boss to ensure that the State Commissioner of
    Police usually endorses the arrest and movement of citizens of the
    State to the Zone 6 Calaba or the Force Headquarters to guarantee
    their safety.
    He noted that some persons from outside the State may come on the
    guise of policemen and whisk people away from the State adding that
    such action may endanger the lives and property of innocent citizens
    of the State.
    The State Governor assured the Police Chief of the readiness of his
    administration to continue in its determination to uplift the living
    standard of men of the police force in the State and promised to
    empower a good number of wives of police officers in the state.
    Earlier, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, presented the State
    Governor with a Plaque for the honour.
    The (DIG) who is also in charge of  south east zone before presenting
    the award on behalf of the IGP at government house, Abakaliki said
    “the IG has asked me to tell you that you are the most police friendly
    governor in Nigeria and I am not saying it because I am in Ebonyi
    state. It is because of what I have seen which you have done for the
    state police command.
    “Honestly, on arrival to the police command, I saw streetlights and
    other things I have never seen in other police command and when I
    asked they said the Governor did those things for the command. I can
    see houses for policemen of rank and file and I can see storey
    building also built by the governor for the command.
    “I am going to relay what I have seen to the IGP and maybe he will
    come one day and see for himself the wonders you are doing in terms of
    infrastructural development.
    “I also want to thank you for the communication equipments which you
    provided for the command and the ongoing renovation of the perimeter
    fencing and security post of the command which has lifted the status
    of the command.
    “I hereby on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police present this
    plaque to you. Sir, find anywhere in your office and place this plaque
    so that any time you turn around, you will look at it as a mark o
    honour and appreciation of your support to the police” .