Delta CP denies threat to ex-Education minister

The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa, has denied threatening to arrest former Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi.

He made the denial before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday.

The police had in September threatened to arrest Gbagi for wrongly manhandling four staff working in his hotel and charging them to court for allegedly stealing his N5,000.

But in an affidavit to a suit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja by the former Minster, Inuwa told the court that the Police in Delta State had stayed action regarding the recent Police invitation to Gbagi and have not been threatening to arrest him.

AbeyaNews reports that the Commissioner of Police in the affidavit submitted: “That contrary to paragraph 4(c), (d),(f) and (g) of the Applicant’s affidavit in support of the motion for joiner, the party sought to be joined together with the respondents in this case have stayed every action regarding the invitation of the applicant and have not been threatening to arrest the applicant.”

According to the respondents to suit No. FHC/ABJ/1267/2020 before the Federal High Court, Abuja, the Commissioner of Police added that the Police is “not making any effort after being aware of the pending interim order” granted by the Court on the 30th Day of September, 2020, stopping the Police from arresting Gbagi.

Gbagi, while responding to the recent threat issued against him by the Commissioner of Police, described it as a gross violation of his fundamental rights as a law abiding citizen of Nigeria.

According to him, Inuwa’s comments, particularly against the court’s directive restraining the police in Delta State from arresting him in view of an ongoing court case into the recent molestation allegations against him, constitutes an act of intimidation, and abuse of his position and powers as Commissioner of Police.

He said that with the intervention of the courts in the molestation allegation, the truth will be unearthed for Nigerians to realise he was a victim of a complex political conspiracy to thwart his governorship bid in 2023.

“I, therefore, call on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, to call him to order as his conduct and utterances are unethical and unbecoming of a decent gentleman or officer charged with the responsibility and duty of maintaining law and order in Delta State,” Gbagi said.

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