By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”AN Umuahia based lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Anthony Agbazuere, has accused the Abia State Police Commissioner, Mr. Jonathan Johnson of threatening his life over a matter his client has in court with the police.
Agbazuere, specifically accused the Police Commissioner of â€œambushing himâ€ because he did not keep quiet when the Commissioner allegedly disobeyed a court order, which ordered the police to release his client from police custody.
Meanwhile, Agbazuere has initiated contempt proceedings against the Police Commissioner. The lawyer said that he was surprised that a Police Commissioner would disobey a court order that was properly served him.
But the Commissioner has denied the allegations, saying that he cannot threaten the life of anybody, let alone those he is posted to the state to protect. He described the allegations as baseless.
Agbazuere alleged that the Police Commissioner has vested interest in a traditional rulership dispute between his client and others in their community. He alleged that the police boss was being used by those he said were afraid of the influence of his client in the tussle.
Addressing journalists in Umuahia, Agbazuere warned that if anything happens to him or his family, that the police boss should be held responsible. He accused the Commissioner of â€œtrying to turn Abia into Sudan, where laws are not obeyed.â€
â€œI wish to inform the public of the heinous plot against an attorney, who has only insisted on a Police Commissioner obeying court order. If anything happens to me or any of my family or if anything is found in my house, he should be held responsible.â€
He also accused the Police boss of not having respect for human dignity, alleging also that he has penchant to disobeying court order. â€œHe is using the empowerment from tax payers money to intimidate the people. This fight is the fight of the Nigerian masses, not mine. He must obey court order,â€ Agbazuere added.
He said any Igboman who accepts to be used to destabilize Ogbulafor would be treated as a traitor, as the groups would mobilize against such a person.