By Emma Nnadozie & Tony Edike
A Mobile Police Inspector, NicholasÂ Ossai attached to the security team of a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Chief Chris Uba may soon be demoted following allegations of corking gun at the politician.
Reliable police sources debunked the allegation saying that he was being punished allegedly on the recommendations of the political bigwig over the Inspectorâ€˜s inability to account for the whereabouts of one of the police officers attached to him.
This is in addition to alleged orderly room trial of the Inspector earlier carried out by security agents attached to the politician inside his palatial home at Government Reserved Area (GRA), Enugu and the subsequent detention of the Mobile Police Inspector.
Further more, the embattled police officer is currently contending with the sudden death of his father, few hours before he regained his freedom. The old man reportedly died when he heard of his sonâ€™s detention .
Crime Guard learnt that trouble started for the police officer who is officially attached to Mobile Police Unit 29 in Awka few weeks back after a police Constable assigned to the Politicianâ€˜s wife got permission from their Commander, to travel to his hometown in Benue State for his motherâ€˜s burial.
Sources said when the self-acclaimed God father of Anambra politics came back, he started questioning the Inspector about the whereabouts of the Constable.
It was alleged that theÂ questioning later degenerated to slapping, beatings and name calling after which he (the politician) allegedly ordered some of his security agents to try him inside his palace.
It was alleged also that the police officer who has been in the service of the politician since 2006Â was subjected to interrogations akin to official orderly room trial by the police for about a week after which he was transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department, Enugu on June 27, 2009 for allegedly corking gun on the politician and he spent another 16days in detention.
Family sources intimated Crime Guard that the Inspector who was among the eleven police guards permanently attached to the politician after the number was reduced from twenty-two was languishing in the cell when news of his incarceration was broken to his octogenarian father.Â Â The old man reportedly gave up the ghost after receiving the shocking news of the fate that befell his son.
Coincidentally,Â Â few hours after the demise of his father, the Inspector, a father of three, wasÂ freed from detention after strong recommendations were made by police authorities in Enugu for his demotion to the next rank.
Crime Guard gathered reliably that the punishment meted to the Inspector nearly led to open protest by his colleagues attached to Mopol 29, Awka safe for the quick intervention of their commanding officer who promised to plead to the authorities to reconsider the demotion of the police officer.
When Crime Guard sought the embattled police officer in Awka where his family resides, he was said to be busy making frantic preparations for the burial of his father in their hometown, Enugu-Ezike in Igbo-Eze North L.G.A of Enugu State.Â Â One of his colleagues in the unit who sought anonymity confirmed the incident but advisedÂ Crime Guard not to publish the story as, according to him,Â it may worsen the plight of the officer.
Chief Chris Uba could not be reached after several visits to his Enugu residence and unsuccessful attempts to speak with him on his mobile lines.
But his Personal Assistant, Engr.Emeka Okeke, said Uba was not ready to â€˜join issues with anybody over inconsequential matters such as this involving the police inspectorâ€˜.
He said that the politician had maintained a very cordial relationship with security men attached to him, adding that he was not in the habit of quarreling or maltreating his aides.
When Crime Guard contacted Force Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu over the incident, he stated that police authorities in Enugu denied maltreating the officer but promised to make more enquiries.