BY AUSTIN OGWUDA, Asaba
DELTA State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba said that his men have arrested a human rights lawyer for allegedly attempting to offer N.7m bribe to police so as to release a kidnap suspect.
Addressing a press conference in Asaba yesterday, the CP said “a Warri-based self acclaimed human rights activist Barrister Omo Irabor has been arrested for attempting to bribe SARS (State Anti Robbery Squad) operatives to pervert the course of justice by releasing one Vincent Akpokona, male, a self confessed suspect involved in the kidnap of one Jerry Okolowa, a company worker at Ekete Owian on 3rd December 2012.
“The suspect was arrested on 6th of December at Army barracks Effurun with the Sim card of the victim while trying to collect the demanded ransom for the release of the victim.
“As investigation was on to arrest the fleeing gang members”, the CP went on, “the Barrister well abreast with the facts of the high profile matter allegedly approached SARS team based in Warri and promised to offer the team the sum of N0.7m to secure the release of the notorious suspect whose gang has been terrorizing Warri and environs.
The team played along and on 13th December 2012 the barrister true to his promised went to the team with the said N0.7m in company of the relations of the suspect and he was subsequently placed under arrest.
“To achieve his ignoble ambition, he had advised the team cruelly to lie to the CP that the suspect died in custody while the suspect will be released to the family through him”.