Posted by News Express | 2 September 2017 | 2,062 times
A civil rights crusader, Samuelson Iwuoha has raised the alarm over threat by the Imo State Police Command to arrest him in the aftermath of the demolition of the Eke-Ukwu market in Owerri.
Iwuoha, in a statement made available to News Express, alleged that the Police Commissioner in the state, Mr. Chris Ezike had reportedly threatened to arrest him and others for boldly condemning what he described as the Commissioner’s “illegal and criminal actions of leading the joint operation of the Police, the military, the Department of State Security, the Civil Defence, Imo Security Network and armed militant youths from Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of the state to demolish Eke-Ukwu Owerri market, under the guise of hate speech.”
Iwuoha further stated that “rather than show remorse for his criminal and illegal actions, this Police officer is busy threatening to arrest me and others. His illegal actions have led to the gruesome murder of Master Somtochukwu Ibeanusi and many others who sustained various degrees of injuries. Master Somtochukwu was the only son of his parents.”
Apparently undeterred by the alleged threat of arrest, Iwuoha said: “Instead of him to show remorse for his crimes and apologise to the people of Imo State, Mr. Chris Okey Ezike first denied killing anyone in the demolition of Eke-Ukwu Owerri market and later claimed that Master Somtochukwu Ibeanusi was killed somewhere else and brought to the market.
“Finally, he shamelessly admitted on a live AIT television programme that he led the joint illegal operation that demolished the market, killed Somtochukwu Ibeanusi and wounded several other people. He is even holding the late Somtochukwu’s (morgue) tally which he forcefully took from his father.
“After demolishing property and goods worth billions of Naira, after killing Master Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, after wounding several other innocent people, CP Chris Okey Ezike is now threatening to arrest me and others for hate speech. He wants me to keep quiet. He wants me to clap for him for committing illegality, criminality and murder.
“Now that CP Chris Okey Ezike has reportedly threatened me, he should be told that I have accepted the challenge. I have jumped into the boxing ring waiting for him for the big fight.
“The Inspector General of Police did not post CP Chris Okey Ezike to Imo State to come and act illegally and criminally. The I.G. did not post him to come and kill and maim innocent people. The Inspector General of Police posted him to come and maintain law and order, and in fact, reduce crime rate in the society. Unfortunately, this shameless man came and murdered sleep in Imo State, and he expects us to allow him to sleep.
“A formal petition to the Inspector General of Police seeking for the removal of this Commissioner of Police is in the making, and all the relevant organs of government in this country, including organisations and the public will receive copies.
“I am not a coward. The Presidency, Force Headquarters, Police Service Commission and the National Assembly will hear my voice on this very matter.
Master Somtochukwu’s blood is crying for VENGEANCE.”
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