A lecturer at University of Calabar, (UNICAL), has alleged that the commissioner of police in Cross River state has frustrated plans to arrest the powerful men behind his assassination attempt last year. The lecturer identified as Joseph Odok who is well known for criticizing the Cross River state government – was almost killed after he was attacked by some unknown hoodlums in Calabar.
The lecturer has shared an update on this issue. Below is what he shared on his social media page this morning.
A Magistrate Court in Abuja division has Granted Warrants of Arrest for the arrest of Chief of staff CRS Mr. Martin Orim, Attorney General of CRS Barr. Joe Abang, Prof Zana Akpagu the Vice Chancellor University of Calabar and Mr. Chris Abang
The arrest warrant was granted after the accused persons refused to respond or reply letters of invitations extended to them seeking their explanation on their level of involvement in an attempted murder on me that took place on the 4th of September 2017. The police followed the invitation letters to the suspect with another letter written to the governor of Cross River State Senator Ben Ayade to release his accused aides but the governor refused to act nor reply the police. On the basis of the above facts, the police approached the court and obtained an arrest warrant for the arrest of the suspect
Three police men were mobilized on Wednesday the 6th of June 2018 on the authority of the Deputy Inspector General of police Criminal Investigations and intelligence Unit Force Headquarters Area 10, Garki Abuja to execute the warrant of arrest.
The police on reaching Calabar endorsed the arrest warrant in a magistrate court in Calabar Division and proceeded to the Commissioner of Police CRS to report and seek his assistance. According to report, the CP Cross River State refused their demand for additional police men to assist the police execute the arrest warrant. The CP CRS is said to have told the police to go do their best to execute the arrest .
The police from Abuja are said to have began personal efforts to execute the arrest warrant before they were said to have been called by the CP Cross River State and warned not to cause break down of law and order in the state. The police who have rounded up the Chief of Staff CRS Mr. Martin Orim were said to have been summoned by CP and after Mr. Martin Orim was said to have given a statement, the CP is said to have asked for bail for the Chief of Staff with a promise to bring the suspect to Abuja when the governor resumes from his vacation.
In a telephone conversation with the Commissioner of Police CRS, the CP claimed to have given full support to the team from Abuja and claimed that the Abuja team may have been compromised
On reaching out to the team from Abuja, I was categorically told that the CP CRS made every effort to frustrate them. I was told by the team that the normal police practice would have been for the CP to dispatch a team of men who know the suspects and the terrain to execute the arrest warrant. The team from Abuja further alleged that their life was threatened and they are in hiding to sneak out of Calabar today because of security report from one police officer who whispered to them that some agents of CRS government were after their life.
It is sad that even with a warrant of Arrest duly issued by a court of competent jurisdiction to known aides of the Cross River State Government and the Vice Chancellor University of Calabar, the police could not execute the warrant of arrest.