The legal battle field is being set. Barr. Valentine Emeka Utulu of the Johnson Brant Chambers, counsel to KORA Awards winning Sammie Okposo, has filed a petition to the Scotland First Minister, Alex Salmond for the â€˜unlawful arrestâ€™ and unjust treatment reportedly meted out to their client in the Scottish territory.
The petition, according to Sammieâ€™s publicists, MME, was duly copied the president of Nigeria, Britainâ€™s Prime Minister, Secretary General to the United Nations, the Nigerian Ambassador to the UK, Nigeriaâ€™s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman Federal House of Representatives Committee on Nigerians in the Diaspora, Solicitor to the Advocate General of Scotland, the Queen of England and many other influential individuals.
Sammie was on honeymoon with his newly-wedded bride, Ozioma, in Aberdeen when a lunch date with another Nigerian couple at Jimmy Chung restaurant ended in an arrest and overnight detention at a Scottish police station.
According to the statement provided by MME, the 19 page petition highlighted among other things a pending racist case involving the restaurant manager, Ronny Hung Yung and filed at the same police station accusing another customer of making racial statements against him. Barr. Valentine equally reminded the copied of two serving officers of the same police command who were recently convicted for perversion of justice.
It read in part, â€œthe internet is awash with cesspool of corruption in the Grampian Police and the cases of Holie Grieg and David Emslie are but to name a few. Only recently two serving officers of the same command were convicted for the perversion of justice. It is unfortunate that the police force employed with the tax_payers money to maintain peace, law and order should then turn around to harass the very citizens it was employed to protect with spurious charges, arbitrary procedures, callous harassment and dispossession of private propertyâ€.
The petitions reportedly left the chambers of Johnson Brant on Monday July 26, 2010 to be delivered to the recipients.