STORY BY EGUFE YAFUGBORHI
PORT HARCOURT – A lawyer, Mr Churchill Wechie, had admitted parting with N100,000 to secure his own bail at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Wechie’s claims, contained in an affidavit, were deposed by the lawyer before a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt in a suit No FHC/CS/06/2012 between him and the Inspector General of Police and nine others.
In addition, the lawyer stressed that he had been under “immense pressures”, since giving the initial bribe, to cough out additional N500,000 to the fingered police men who reportedly claimed the bribe money was in the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
In the affidavit in support of an application for the enforcement of his fundamental rights which he filed June 19th 2012, the plaintiff claimed that on January 19, 2012, Seyi Williams, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Ben Ogbonna, an Inspector of Police, led a team of armed policemen to his house, arrested and detained him all day at the SCID.
He said he was granted bail at night only after he allegedly paid N100,000, deposing further that Inspector Ogbonna has since inundated him with intimidating calls demanding that he pays N500,000 more to, according him, enable the police skew investigation of the allegations for which he was arrested and detained.
The allegations, it was gathered, revolves around Wechie’s purported malicious damages to the house of his late father’s widow, Mrs Reginald Nyekpunwo Wechie Wechie on whose life he is also being accused to have raised threats over disputed properties left behind by his father.
It is yet to be determined what the court makes of his bribery allegation in the continuing case between the lawyer and the police.