HURIWA demands release of police service commission’s director Ibe
Civil rights group, Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA), has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) to immediately release the Director of Finance and Administration of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Chief Emmanuel Ibe, detained since two weeks based on an ‘unsubstantiated petition’ from a special assistant to the President (names withheld).
HURIWA accused the presidential aide of misusing his office to engage in proxy fights for his relation working in the commission who has ‘had a running battle with the arbitrarily detained director 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.’
In a statement by its national coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA told the EFCC to hands off the matter, which is ‘already a subject of a subsisting petition’ before the office of Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ‘unless the acting chairman of EFCC has no respect for the high office of His Excellency the Acting President.’
HURIWA said the issue was part of several pending cases and therefore wondered why the EFCC was ‘nosing into this sort of matter that at best is related to civil matter.’
HURIWA accused the aide of masquerading as the chief law officer of the nation making use of letter heads of the Federal Attorney General and minister of justice to allegedly harass unsuspecting members of the public including top public service officials whom he categorized as his personal enemies.
HURIWA also included the petition sent to the Acting President by the detained Ibe in his capacity as chairman of the staff cooperative multipurpose society and the general secretary, Mr. Obinna Malokwu, entitled “Petition/Compliant Against Abuse of Office, Impersonation, Nepotism And Intimidation of Members of the Executive Committee of the Police Service Commission Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited: An Urgent Call To Save-Our Soul.”
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