In total disobedient to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (which provides that no citizen of the land should be detained more than 24 hours), the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) with the alleged connivance of Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) of Neni Police Station, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State has allegedly commercialized the police station through bail fees even as they are accused of having incarcerated one Uchenna Chibuzor ‘m’ and one Johnson Chikwado Uba ‘m’ for over 33 days (June 3-July 6, 2016) in connection with the alleged offence of house breaking and stealing.
Information available to 247ureports.com had it that the first suspect, (Uchenna Chibuzor) was arrested on the said June 3rd and detained till July 6, 2016 before he was granted bail with the alleged sum of over Fifty Thousand Naira, which was allegedly paid by his surety with strict instruction that the surety must bring Johnson Chikwado Uba within shortest possible time, considering the fact that Johnson was said to have been at large at the material time.
In living with his surety-ship terms, Uchenna’s surety worked tirelessly in handing the said Johnson Uba over to the Neni police and instead of charging the suspects to court as stipulated by the law, the accused corrupt senior police officers are said to had, through the Inveatigation Police Officer, one Sergeant Juliet allegedly swindled over One Hundred Thousand Naira as bail fee from the two suspects’ sureties and as people left with no other option, they fell to the antics of the accused partners-in-crime, serving at Neni police division.
In what looked like buying the freedom of the suspects, it was gathered that the bail, which ought to be free was later placed on the table of the woman Divisional Crime Officer(DCO) for negotiation and at the end, the total of over One Hundred Thousand Naira allegedly exchanged hands between the police officers and the sureties even with alleged threats from the DCO; that “if sureties fail to comply, the suspects would been handed over to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for excutuation” She allegedly threatened.
Compounding the allegation, the complainant on the matter, Mrs. Regina Okoye. C, told reporters at the station that she paid the total sum of Three Hundred and eight-eight Thousand, four hundred Naira (#388, 400. 00) only to police at Neni before her case was accepted to be investigated. She however insisted that for her to withdraw the case, the suspects must balance her all the amount she claimed to have given the policemen.
It would be recalled that the suspects are accused to have broken into the house of Mrs. Regina Okoye.C from Obeledu community, Anaocha Council Area of the state and made away with Atomatic Money Machine (ATM), which they allegedly used in swindling the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (#500, 000.00) only from the bank account of the complainant but in making sure they had their 10%, from the alleged stolen money, the police at Neni allegedly kept the suspects in detaintion for more than required till the sureties of the suspects were able to raise the said amount and paid to the complainant.
In what broke the camel’s back, it was authoritatively gathered that after Johnson Uba and Uchenna Chibuzor were released on bail, Johnson failed to report on the date given to him while his case mate, (Uchenna) kept to all agreed dates but having considered that the suspects are their garden where they (policemen) can only have their vegetable at will, the police rearrested the suspects and thrown them into the cell again last Friday, forced them to settle the complainant with the amount she claimed to had given to the police before her case was accepted to be investigated.
It also gathered that the sureties to the suspects, at the police station, under the instruction of the DCO, went into fresh negotiation with the complainant on how take part in sharing the amount she claimed to had paid the police before her case was accepted for investigation and they arrived at the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira(200, 000.00)only on the part of the suspects.
At the end of their dicssuation, it was learnt that the sureties on the alleged full instruction of the woman DCO, went into agreement on how to pay the complainant the amount she claimed to have spent in the already suspected commercialised police station even as the sureties deposited the sum Fifty Thousand Naira(50, 000. 00) only and promised to balance One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira(150, 000. 00) on or before September 30, 2016 when the case will be finally withdrawn by the complainant.
Even at this stage, the Investigation Police Officer (IPO), Sergaent Juliet, through the alleged order of the woman DCO still insisted that Johnson must be bailed again and after long agurment, the IPO allegedly extorted the sum of Ten Thousand Naira (#10, 000. 00) only for the DPO according to the DCO while the IPO forcefully extorted another Five Thousand Naira as her own from the sureties of the suspects.
Effort made to reach the DPO for comment as at the time of visiting the police station by reporters failed as he is accused to have criminally left the station on noticing that reporters were in the station but Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Nkiru Nwode when contacted through her GSM line, promised to bring the alleged dirty and unethical behaviours of the policemen at Neni to the full knowledge of the police authorities in the state. The PPRO even extended invitation through text massages to this reporter to see her in her office today, (16/08/2016).