A businessman, Celestine Ufoegbuna, has urged Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to restrain his men from infringing on his rights over a financial dispute between him and his estranged business partner, Mr. Felix Nnaji.
Ufoegbuna said he had been arrested, detained and tortured by some officers of the general investigation department of the Force Headquarters Annex, Alagbon, Lagos, despite his petition of last May 19, to the IG.
In another petition of last June 22 written by his lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN), Ufoegbuna said the police also “unlawfully detained” his sister.
According to him, the Ezendi Igbo, Eze Cyril Umeh Akuka, as well as an unnamed friend, who tried to mediate in the dispute, were also detained.
He said the petition of May 10, “was approved by a signal dated May 19, 2017 and was assigned to Deputy Commissioner of Police, Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos State.”
Ufoegbuna noted that in disregard of the FIB’s intervention, the officers from the general investigation “arrested detained and tortured” him over the matter.
Keyamo, who wrote a similar petition last June 23 on Ufoegbuna’s behalf to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Abuja, said Ufoegbuna’s sister, is still in detention.
He said: “Our client was arrested alongside Eze Cyril Umeh Akuka (Ezendi Igbo) who wanted to settle the matter between our client and the said Mr. Felix Nnaji since it is as result of a financial transaction.
“One Mr. Marshal, a friend of our client and our client’s sister are all in detention over the same issue.
“It is worrisome to note that the men and officers of general investigation have allowed themselves to be used to carry out this despicable act of intimidation and abuse of human right.”
Keyamo added: “We must mention the fact that this dispute between our client and Mr. Felix Nnaji arose out of a financial/trade transaction. Our client and Mr. Felix Nnaji were business partners before the issues that led to our petition dated the 10th May, 2017.
“We urge you sir to use your good offices to wade into this matter and direct the general investigation to hands off since the case file is still with the Federal Intelligence Bureau or as your most experienced office may direct.”