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Rights group accuses Abia CP of intimidation

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—AN Umuahia based human rights group, Global Centre for Peace and Justice, GCPJ, has accused the Abia Police Commissioner, Mr. Jonathan Johnson of using his position to intimidate some persons, who allegedly were witnesses in a case against him in court.

The group also accused the police boss of allegedly disobeying a court order, which gave protection to the said witnesses.

GCPJ coordinator, Chief Anthony Agbazuere said in Umuahia,  that the stance of the Commissioner of Police to the cause of human rights had become worrisome to the group.

But the Police Commissioner, Mr. Johnson, has denied the allegations, saying that he has no reason to intimidate any person. Johnson explained the allegations were baseless.

According to the Commissioner, one of the witnesses, Nnaduechi was standing trial before a Magistrate Court for allegedly masterminding the kidnap of his younger brother, Ibezimako.

He denied knowledge of re-arrest of the said witnesses. According to him, one of them was granted bail by a Magistrate Court in a case the court has no jurisdiction and that his men had attempted to re-arrest him and charge him to the High Court for proper trial.

Agbazuere, a lawyer, disagreed and condemned what he called “the constant violation of  the human rights of the people by the police under the Commissioner” and decried a situation where innocent citizens would  be intimidated by legion of armed policemen. The police, he said should be made to respect the human rights of the people.

He alleged that the Police Commissioner had repeatedly threatened his clients, Chief Godfrey Nnoduechi and Mr. Sunday John of Egbelu Mbutu in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State for allegedly giving testimonies in court against what the Commissioner expected.


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