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IPOB: Enugu CP Says Wounded Ofornedum Okafor Not In Police Custody

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The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Ahmad AbdurRahman, has debunked the report that the police arrested and detained a member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who sustained bullet wounds during the last Security/IPOB clash in Enugu.

This was contained in a statement made available to Journalists in Enugu on Thursday by the Police Public Relation Officer of the state command (PPRO) Daniel Ndukwe.

He said “The attention of the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a baseless and malicious claim making the rounds on social media that one Ofornedum Okafor, an IPOB member, was arrested at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu alongside his grandfather by the Police and detained on the order of the Commissioner of Police, “who wants him to die in Police custody where he is chained, rather than being treated from the bullets wounds his men illegally inflicted on him.””

“Furthermore, that the Police, according to the statement credited to one Emma Powerful, the spokesman of the proscribed group, is demanding for over N200, 000 bribe for his bail after extorting the sum of N55, 000 before releasing his grandfather; and that the Commissioner will “pay a heavy price” should anything happen to the suspect”

The Commisioner enjoined the general public particularly residents of the State, to disregard such report which he described as unfounded, baseless and spurious claims, which contain no iota of fact and/or truth.

He said “we find it unbelievable why anyone will find time to conjure-up such unthinkable falsehood aimed at discrediting the Command and by extension the Force, in a matter where the Command took and has been funding the treatment of the said suspect in the mentioned hospital so he can be fit enough to face pending charges against him and four (4) others in the court of law.

The CP thereby warned that such acts of calumny against the Police and aimed at misinforming, misleading and causing tension in the very peaceful State and threat to the Police, “will not be tolerated from individuals or groups”

The Commisioner warns that any person found wanting will be made to face the full weight of the law.

He said “For the avoidance of doubt, we made it categorically clear that the suspect was taken to the said hospital for treatment at the expense of the Police; and is still being treated so he can be fit enough to face criminal prosecution alongside four (4) others, who have already been charged to court and remanded in Correctional Service custody for the offences of conspiracy, treasonable felony and murder.

“Also, that the Police did not at any point in time demand for any sum of money for the bail of the suspect neither was his grandfather or any member of his family arrested, detained and released after extorting the sum of N55, 000 at Central Police Station Enugu, as spuriously alleged.

“Citizens of the State have been enjoined to remain law-abiding and guard against the spread of such falsehood, while reporting criminal perpetrators to the nearest Police Station,” he said

It could be recalled that 4 people were confirmed dead while several others sustained injury last month following a bloody clash between security agents and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB in Enugu.

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