By Onozure Dania
A Lagos-based businessman, Celestine Ufoegbuna, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to stop his men from infringing on his rights over a financial dispute between him and a business associate.
Ufoegbuna alleged that he had been arrested, detained and tortured by some officers of the General Investigation Department of the Force Headquarters Annex, Alagbon, Lagos, despite a petition he wrote to the Inspector-General on May 19.
The businessman, in another petition by his lawyer, Festus Keyamo, last month, also alleged that the police “unlawfully detained” his sister.
Keyamo, in the petition addressed to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Abuja, said Ufoegbuna’s sister is still in detention.
He said: “Our client was arrested alongside Eze Cyril Umeh Akuka, who wanted to settle the matter between our client and his business associate since it is as result of a financial transaction.
“One Mr. Marshal, a friend of our client and our client’s sister are all in detention over the same issue. It is worrisome to note that the men and officers of General Investigation have allowed themselves to be used to carry out this despicable act of intimidation and abuse of human rights.
“We must mention the fact that this dispute between our client and his business partner arose out of a financial/trade transaction.
“We urge you, sir, to use your good offices to wade into this matter and direct the general investigation to hands off since the case file is still with the Federal Intelligence Bureau, or as your most experienced office may direct.”