The Force Spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, has refuted the allegations made by human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong against Deputy-Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Frank Mba.
Effiong accused Mr. Frank Mba of using his position to manipulate a civil case in favour of his alleged ‘brother,’ Hilary Mba, to the detriment of his client, Mr. Langwa Brezhnev.
Adejobi firmly dismissed Effiong’s claims, labeling them as filled with falsehoods and malicious motives. He encouraged Effiong to focus on presenting his arguments in the court of law where the case is already being heard, rather than attempting to defame the professional reputation of senior police officers through the media, thereby obstructing the course of justice.
ACP Adejobi emphasized that Deputy-Inspector-General Frank Mba is not related to Hilary Mba, who is embroiled in a business profit-sharing dispute with his business partner, Cameroonian national Brezhnev.
Regarding the ongoing investigations of Brezhnev by the Force Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Lagos Annex, Alagbon, Ikoyi-Lagos, Adejobi clarified that these actions are in line with standard Police Investigative Procedure.
The statement from Adejobi comes in response to Effiong’s press release, where the lawyer, representing Brezhnev, alleges illegal arrest and unlawful detention of the suspect.
“To set the record straight, the Force CID, Lagos Annex, in May 2023, received a petition titled, “Complaint Against Mr. Langwa Brezhnev Over The Obtainment Of Goods By False Pretence And Fraud In Respect Of Sale Of Fertilizer” from Siri Legal Consulting, solicitors to Emb Trade Logistics Nig Ltd.
“The suspect, who has been off the radar, following the fraudulent transactions as alleged, was arrested in Uyo and brought to Lagos to enable him answer to the allegations against him. Investigations so far by the Police team have, however, clearly established a prima facie case against the suspect.
“Meanwhile, the report from the Force CID Annex shows that the suspect is currently on remand at Ikoyi Correctional Centre following a Remand Order issued by Igbosere Magistrate Court 21, Lagos.
“It is also noted that the same court had earlier granted a Remand Order committing the suspect to Police custody to avail the Police with additional time for a discrete investigation into the matter.
“Similarly, the claim by Barrister Inibehe that DIG Frank Mba is a brother to the nominal complainant, one Hilary Emeka Mba, which is the basis for his allegation of undue influence against the senior officer, is false and unfounded. The fact remains that Hilary Emeka Mba is not in any way connected or related to DIG Frank Emeka Mba. They have no filial relationship whatsoever. The ‘resemblance’ in the name is purely a coincidence.
“Without mincing words, the allegation against DIG Frank Mba, who was not even the AIG in charge of FCID Annex Alagbon when the suspect was arrested, is just a psychological projection and a campaign of calumny.
“The Force, therefore, enjoins members of the public to disregard the claim of illegal arrest and unlawful detention of Mr. Brezhnev by the Police, as well as the allegation of undue influence by DIG Frank Mba or any officer of the Police as untrue and unfounded.
“The Force equally wishes to advise Barrister Inibehe to direct his efforts to the court of law where the case is already being heard, rather than maliciously using the media to defame the hard-earned professional reputation of Senior Police officers and obstructing the course of Justice,” Adejobi said.