Yenagoa—Bayelsa-based cooperative banker, Ebenezer Udoka has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba over an alleged illegal arrest, human rights violation and extortion by operatives of the Bayelsa State Police Command.
This is after Udoka approached the state police command to report an alleged case of fraud by one Abubakar Yaya, a goat supplier who he said swindled him by not supplying a total of 40 goats worth above N600,000 as agreed in December 2021 meant for 30 members of Deals Exclusive.
It was gathered that men of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) failed to investigate the complaints by inviting Abubakar Yaya for questioning, instead, Udoka was arrested and detained on the order of Assistant Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim, for allegedly taking custody of six out of the 30 goats at Abubakar Yaya stand.
Since then, it was gathered that Udoka has been intimidated and extorted to the sum of N250,000 in bail bonds.
According to the petition, “Abubakar has been supplying us goats in the last three years which they share among members. But last year, after collecting N600,000 through transfer and cash were to supply 40 goats.
“He only supplied sixteen out of forty goats and promised to supply the remaining in few days’ time. They waited endlessly without supply. They went to the Yahaya goat stand but met only six goats tied. On the accused instruction, six goats were handed to them.
“While they were driving away with the goats, one Kabiru Mohammed claimed he is the owner of the goats and not Abubakar.
“Kabiru was told to speak with Abubakar which he did in Hausa dialect before letting them go with the six goats, Few days later, Kabiru brought police with IPO, Inspector Umaru claiming he stole 10 goats. A charge he denied.
“Since then, he is being extorted various amounts of money for Yahaya phone tracking and money for transport to arrest him in Port Harcourt where he was claimed to have relocated.”
Udoka in the petition written and signed by his legal counsel, P.J Isaac-Iregung Esq, accused the Police of a cover-up of the Abubakar Yaya owing to ethnic sentiment.
“How can they be extorting and harassing the complainant because the perpetrator of the crime is a northerner? The Assistant Commissioner of SCID is a northerner and the goat supplier too.
“Instead of tracking down the goat supplier who is on the run, they are forcibly arm twisting our brother for taking into custody the goats he is being owed. They have not even visited the scene or stable of the goat seller,” the petition partly read.
The petitioner further prayed “the AIG that he is no longer comfortable with the way his case is being handled by the State Command of Police headed by Commissioner Ben Okolo and subjecting him to double jeopardy.”
“The complainant is asking the AIG to use his good office to order that the case files both the present and the former be transferred to his office for discreet investigation of a case of fraud and conspiracy against Mr. Kabiru Mohammed and Abubakar Yahaya.”
When contacted on the issue, the Bayelsa Police Command stated that it will investigate the allegations of human rights abuse and extortion against Ebenezer Udoka.