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Businessman petitions IGP over alleged police intimidation

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By Davies Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT—A Port Harcourt-based businessman, Ernest Nwanku, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over alleged violation of his human rights by men of the IGP Monitoring Unit in Rivers State.

Ernest decried alleged threat to his life and his family by an officer (names withheld) in the IGP monitoring unit in Aluu, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.

The petitioner  said: “The police officer has been harassing me and my family. He beat my wife and slapped me. He threatened to kill me with a knife. He called me a ritualist for reasons  I do not know. He has been infringing on my fundamental human rights.”

“He has vandalised my car and my house and has threatened to kill me. I am calling on the IGP  and the general public to intervene in this matter.”

Meanwhile, lawyer to the petitioner, Glory Kanu, noted that the officer,  would be prosecuted irrespective of the outcome of the petition to the IGP, adding that he has commenced move to ensure justice for the victim.

However, when contact on the development, the Commander of the monitoring unit in the state, Bennett Igwe, said his men were trying to investigate a case of fraud involving someone close to the petitioner, Nwaku, but exonerated his men of act of intimidate.


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