Keffes foundation crisis: Seleipre Mathew debunks purported arrest

Abuja—Officers of the Nigerian Police Force were alleged to have arrested Mr. Seleipre Matthew, Chairman of Keffes Rural Development Foundation (KRDF) in Abuja.

This was contained in a statement by Comr. Tibiebi Amadein, wherein he insists that Seleipre was arrested over alleged disobedience of court order, forgery, impersonation, breaking and entry, inter alia.

He thanked police operatives for their professionalism in the alleged arrest of Seleipre.

The statement reads in part:

“Mr. Seleipre Mathew was the former chairman of KRDF but I am surprised why he is still parading himself as chairman after an election has been conducted, that brought me in as the new chairman.

“It is surprising to me that after several warnings by security agencies and a court order restricting Mr. Seleipre Matthew from parading himself as chairman of Keffes, he (Mr. Seleipre) still disobeyed these orders and went ahead to call for kangaroo meetings and unlawfully suspended members of KRDF.

“We are law-abiding people and as chairman, I want to call on all our members to be patient, as the law takes its course.

“I am seriously in touch with critical stakeholders, chiefs, community leaders and BOT members. In no distant time, everything will be put in its rightful place.

“All our members and BOT members who were suspended unjustly will return back to KRDF.

“I want to call on Mr. Seleipre Matthew to return all properties and official documents in his possession while he was chairman to the KRDF secretariat, with immediate effect.”

When contacted, a source close to Seleipre Matthew told that, “the said arrest is all pure lies and an artfully contrived gimmick fabricated by men of cruel pedigree to besmirch the reputation of Seleipre Matthew.

The source maintained that “Seleipre Matthew enjoys the endorsement of Keffes executive and BoT members to stir the affairs of the RDF.”

Recall that the Keffes Rural Development Foundation suspended three traditional chiefs over their reported sponsorship of the recent crisis that rocked the foundation.

It was gathered that the suspended chiefs were community representatives on the foundation’s board.

They include; Chief Manash L. Oluzulu ( Foropa ), Chief Dekumo Sunday- Regent(Ekeni), and Chief Wagibowei Ngozi Down (Fish town).

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