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OKADIGBO’S WIFE SUES IGP OVER RIGHTS VIOLATION *alleges incessant police harassment



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Sequel to what she described as incessant unwarranted harassment by some police officers for her to come to the station over alleged forgery of some documents pertaining to the last general election, the wife of late former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, Margery, has dragged the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar; the Assistant Inspector General of Zone 9-Umuahia, Mr Solomon Olusegun and the Anambra State police Commissioner, Alhaji Ballah Nassarawa to court for the enforcement of her fundamental human rights.

Mrs Okadigbo who told reporters in an interview yesterday in Awka that she was earlier invited over an undisclosed matter by the police in the midst of her father’s burial last week, but became apprehensive when the police declined to intimate her on why they were desperately looking for her.

So sensing an unwholesome and apparent subterranean move to violate her rights vide an illegal agenda, she then moved to enforce her fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Constitution.

Accusing the Anambra state police command of harassing her with the name of the Inspector General, wondered “how can the same police that assigned officers to protect me when I reported of threats to my life by some faceless persons turn around to say they are looking for me for an undisclosed isssue”.

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Apparently giving snippet to the issue, Mrs Okadigbo said that those alleging that she forged affidavits should know that she did not depose to any document whatsoever and is not a Commissioner of Oaths who signs affidavits. More so, that the matter of her candidature for the 2011 Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Anambra North Senatorial election was still in court and hence she could not comment on it. But she was quick to point out that she became the PDP candidate in that election by virtue of her victory at the party’s primaries as was recorded and returned vide PDP Form 004 and not as a result of any affidavit whatsoever.

PDP, she emphasized does not base its nominations on affidavits, but on the result of its validly conducted primaries.

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The Public Relations Officer of Anambra State Police Command, Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka told journalists that the matter was already being addressed by the Commissioner through the Legal Department of the command, and that in due cause, it will make its stand public.

However, Prince John Emeka, the former Minister of Transport, who is one of the parties in the battery of suits for determination of who was the actual PDP candidate in the 2011 Senatorial election failed to speak after repeated calls. But Senator Alphonsus Igbeke, who was seeking a re-election to the seat, another of her opponent in the suits urged Mrs Okadigbo to go to the police to answer to any charges against her.

The Supreme Court has reserved judgment in the final determination of who was the validly nominated candidate of the PDP in the election which had been subject of many litigations since after the elections in April 2011 for July 6, 2012.  The seat had so far remained vacant in the Upper Legislative chambers since.

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