Nigerian Police DPO Accused Of Colluding With Criminal Suspects In Imo To Pervert Justice


RULAAC, the Rule of Law And Accountability Advocacy Centre, has accused the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ezinihitte Mbaise Divisional Police Headquarters in Imo State, Essiet Onuimo, of abusing police powers, unprofessional conduct, and collaborating with criminal suspects to evade justice regarding a rape allegation and other crimes. The center demands a thorough investigation and appropriate disciplinary measures.

The incident involves a minor who was allegedly gang-raped by three men in Adakam Amumara community, Ezinihitte Mbaise. Despite the Chief Security Officer (CSO) reporting the case to the Ezinihitte Mbaise Divisional Police Headquarters, led by DPO Onuimo, there has been significant delay and reluctance in apprehending the suspects.

Chibuenyi Nwachukwu, allegedly connected to the traditional ruler of Adakam, is accused of supplying false information to Zone 9 Umuahia to cover up the reported crimes. Additionally, he reportedly attempted to persuade the victim’s mother to drop the case by offering money, constituting an attempt to compound felony.

Further exacerbating the situation, the CSO, Mr. Okechukwu Ikenna Inyama, was assaulted by armed men allegedly led by Nwachukwu, accusing him of reporting the case against his associates. Despite the intervention of RULAAC, which advised reporting the assault to the police, Nwachukwu was allowed to go after a private discussion between the traditional ruler and the DPO.

Efforts to reach the DPO regarding the investigation’s impartiality were thwarted, with the DPO refusing to take calls. Additionally, the CSO faced intimidation and threats from police officers, including being summoned to Zone 9 Umuahia based on alleged orders.

The situation highlights a troubling pattern of interference and compromise within the police force, with the traditional ruler allegedly influencing the handling of criminal cases. Despite directives from the Inspector General of Police warning against such practices, the situation persists, undermining trust in law enforcement and impeding justice.

RULAAC urges the Imo State Commissioner of Police to conduct honest and professional investigations into the allegations, including hiding suspects, attempting to compound felony, assault, and false information by Nwachukwu against the CSO. They also call for the resolution of pending cases against Nwachukwu, emphasizing the importance of ensuring justice is served.

Despite attempts to seek clarification from the Imo State police command and Zone 9 Umuahia, responses were not received at the time of reporting. However, RULAAC asserts that the AIG ordered the release of the CSO upon being informed of the situation.

In conclusion, the case underscores the urgent need for accountability and impartiality within the police force to uphold the rule of law and ensure justice for victims of crime.

Sahara Reporters

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