BY EMMANUEL ONWUBIKO
We, the members of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) hereby demand the immediate release of the Director of Finance and Administration of the Police Service Commission Chief Emmanuel Ibe who has been detained since two weeks ago by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), based on unsubstantiated petition from the Special Assistant on Prosecution to the President Mr. Okono Obono Obla.
We observe that Mr. Obla has been misusing his office to engage in proxy fights for his relation working in the Police Service Commission who has had a running battle with the arbitrarily detained director of Finance and Administration over the control of the Police Staff Cooperative Society which reportedly secured huge landed assets from the Abuja political authorities for the use of members.
We urge the EFCC to hands off the matter which is already a subject of a subsisting petition before the office of the Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbanjo unless the acting chairman of EFCC has no respect for the high office of His Excellency the Acting President.
The matter is also a subject matter of several pending cases and therefore we wonder why the EFCC is nosing into this sort of matter that at best is related to civil matter.
We have since included the petition sent to the Acting President by the detained Director of Finance and Administration of PSC, Chief Emma Ibe in his capacity as chairman of the Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society and the General Secretary of the Cooperative Society, Mr. Obinna Malokwu titled “A Petition/Compliant Against Abuse Of Office, Impersonation, Nepotism And Intimidation of members of the Excutive Committee of the Police Service Commisiion Staff Multipur purpose Cooperative Society Limited By Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assitant to the President on Prosecution: An urgent call to save-our soul”
Our petition reads thus: “We write to your excellency to use your good offices to urgently save the executive committee members of the Police Service Commission Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited from persecution and intimidation in the hands of Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution.
. The cooperative society is an independent legal entity which is governed by the Nigerian Cooperative Societies Act 1993.The Act confers powers on matters of corporative societies in the hands of the Director of Cooperatives.
. Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, has embarked on gross abuse of his office, and in the process has been persecuting and intimidating the executive committee members of the society.
. He has taken it upon himself to use the various security agencies, namely, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Department of State Services (DSS), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission and the Nigerian Police Force, all at the same time, to cause the intimidation, torture and harassment of the executive committee members of the society on the prompting of his nephew, Mr. Okoi Uyouyo, a staff of the Police Service Commission.
. Mr. Matthias Okoi-Uyouyo, who had long resigned from the society and all his dues paid to him, connived with Mr. Obono-Obla to write a petition to the office of the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation (HAGF) despite the fact that his earlier petitions whereby he maliciously alleged abuse of office, corruption and impunity against the president and other executive committee members of the cooperative society had long been disposed off by the various agencies on the affairs of the Society.
. Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, and uncle to the petitioner Mr. Okoi Uyouyo, having been appointed Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution in an undisguised case of impersonation, abuse of office and crass display of nepotism, highjacked the matter and personally wrote to all the security agencies as well as to the offices of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and chairman, Police Service Commission. In one of his letters to the chairman, Police Service Commission, he directed the chairman to suspend Mr. Emmanuel Ibe, president of the Cooperative Society from office on an unsubstantiated allegation.
. The directive to suspend Mr. Emmanuel Ibe from office forced the society to approach the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, whereby the court issued an order restraining the Commission and HAGF from suspending Mr. Ibe from office (see copy of ordered of Court Annexure B attached).
. Failing to secure the suspension of Mr. Ibe from office, Mr. Obono-Obla now took it upon himself to persuade the various security agencies to re-investigate the matter purporting that the directive was given by the HAGF.
. Mindful of the fact that Mr. Obono-Obla is on a mission of vendetta on behalf of his nephew, the executive committee members of the Society filed a law suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/478/2016 against Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, the HAGF and the Nigeria Police Force. Mr. Obono-Obla, snubbing the law suit in Court, has gone ahead to persuade the various agencies, particularly the EFCC to hunt the executive members of the cooperative society and other stakeholders including consultants who carried out various assignments for the society.
. While we look forward to your fatherly intervention, kindly accept our good wishes and warm regards, Sir.”
– Comrade Onwubiko is head, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA)