•BY NNAMDI OSELOKA in Awka•
A five-man crack police detective team from the office of Inspector General of Police (IGP), Abuja, led by one Mr Smith stormed Onitsha, Anambra state weekend and grilled an agent to the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Chief Ngozi Okpagu in an attempt to extract useful statement from him concerning his attempt to claim possession of some portions of federal government’s landed properties in some parts of Onitsha
The agent who was picked from his office at NiWA park, at the bank of the River Niger, was brought to Fegge Police Station, detained and grilled based on petition sent to the IGP, Mr Ibrahim Idris, by Chief Okey Ojimba, an Onitsha based businessman who claimed to be one of the victims of the NIWA contractor.
His arrest was sequel to alleged forceful entry, unlawful ejection of tenants, threatening action by violence and abuse of power by Managing Director of NIWA, in collaboration with Chief Okpagu.
In the petition, which Ojimba wrote through his counsel, Barr. Iloegbune Okoye, stated that, the NIWA agent, Okpagu, in collaboration with NIWA, have been in perpetual usage of Nigeria Police force authority, to illegally acquire a well known Federal Government properties.
The petition read in part: “It is a well known fact that the old political parties like SDP and PDP, were allocated with various party houses within Anambra state as far back as 1989, after the creation of the parties.
“This old party house has since the closure of the parties, been in possession and under care of the Federal Government, which was subsequently availed to harbour and shelter some policemen in different divisions and locations for decades (over 30 years).”
To buttress his point, Ojimba stated that such party houses are in use at Police Area Command Nnewi, Naval base Ogbaru, NDLEA Onitsha and at No. 27 Niger street Fegge Onitsha, Fegge Police station Onitsha.
The petition also read in part thus; “the recent action of Chief Ngozi Okpagu and NIWA, which prompted this report, is the malicious and heinous intention to posses the area of the old NRC party house at No. 27 Niger street Fegge Police station barrack Onitsha, which is one of the old party houses, for the purposes of private commercial use by Chief Ngozi Okpagu.
Presently, Chief Okpagu has been boasting with the authorization from NIWA, and the letter dated 23/10/2018 emanating from the office of the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, to the General public that the old party house privately belongs to him and he had paid the Nigeria police a huge sum of money to allow him take the title of ownership.
This authorization is totally reprehensible because it was obtained in falsehood pretence on the grounds that he is to renovate the old damaged house to become his private property for the purposes of commercial use”.
He pleaded to the IGP that proper investigation be carried out as the said party house does not fall within the 100feet measurement granted to NIWA by the Federal Government.
Chief Ojimba, according to the petition has an authentic survey plan showing the actual 100 feet measurement from River Niger before the old NRC party house at No. 27 Niger Street, Fegge, Onitsha.