Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Walter Onnoghen has petitioned the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over alleged threat to the lives of persons on his property.
Onnoghen in a petition dated February 2 and filed February 4, by his counsel, Ogwu Onoja (SAN) said some men who appeared to be herdsmen were at the farm yesterday afternoon and also later at night inquiring about the owner of the farm and issued frightening threats to the farm hands working thereat.
The said property situated in an area known as ‘Zimbabwe’, after Masaka in Nasarawa State.
Onoja stated that the workers are now living in dreadful fear and have consequently stopped all farming activities.
According to Onoja the farm which belongs to the family of Onnoghen
is a large commercial venture that provides employment to a large number of people who live on the farm and tend to the commercial poultry, piggery, livestock as well as cash and food crop on the farm.
While the petitioner said the threat of the herders was being considered as an Indication of imminent attack on the lives and property on the farm, he called on the IG and police to urgently move in an forestall any possible destruction of lives and property at the farm.
“We implore you, In the discharge of your constitutional duty as the Chief Police Officer of the nation to deploy your men to secure the farm to avoid a break down of law and order, the possible unleashing of mayhem on the workers, destruction of the farm including the property thereon and the disruption of ongoing farming activities particularly in this season of harvest.
“We also call for a thorough, exhaustive and stringent investigation into this matter so as to unearth the identities of the persons behind this menace to the peace and quiet on the farm.
“We trust that you will use your good offices to quash this impending threat and help restore confidence of the people in the farm and its immediate environ”, part of the petition read.