Uke Elders’ Forum has called on the Inspector General of Police (IG), Usman Alkali Baba, to order for the immediate removal of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Alhaji Muri Musa and the Commander of Intelligence Response Team (IRT), Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Olatunji Disu, over their obvious bias in recovering, sharing cum handling of late Hyginus Philip- Ekwosi’s assets.
The Elders’ Forum also called on Police Service Commission (PSC), to immediately investigate the activities of the AIG Zone 13 and the DCP IRT with a view to sanctioning their professional misconduct in the matter.
The call by the Uke Elders’ Forum became necessary given the undue interference and unprofessional manner they have handled the dispute within Philip-Ekwosi family of Uke in Idemili North Local Government Area over the property of late Hyginus Chukwunonso Philip-Ekwosi alias Udala
Speaking on behalf of Uke Elders’ Forum yesterday, the Chairman, Chief Goddy Obiefuna frowned at the obvious bias of the two senior Police officers in the matter in recovering the assets and cash of late Hyginus and handing them over to his last wife, Oluchukwu.
The group lamented that the manner they went about this by intimidating, harassing and incacerating the family members of Ekwosi with the connivance of the president-General General of Uke, Mr. Peter Onyeji, left much to be desired as senior officers of NIgeria Police.
Unfortunately, they said, Mr. Onyeji who did not attend the burial of Udala has suddenly turned around to become the devil’s advocate, taking Udala’s wife around in order for her to recover and take over all the assets of Udala to the detriment of the first and legally married wife, Li Y-uan, her children and other children of the deceased.
The group said AIG Muri and DCP Disu claimed they were investigating the matter to protect the widow of Hyginus but turned a blind eye to the fact which they know that the deceased has a legally wedded wife who is in China with their two children.
“They want to claim through their investigation that they are not aware that Udala has two other children, in all five children. What happens to these other four children of Udala and his Chinese wife who was behind his wealth”?
“If AIG Muri and DCP Disu recover all his assets and money and hand them over to his last wife with her only daughter what will others get”? they queried.
Uke Elders’ Forum said Police cannot be claiming to be investigating the matter when they recovered two trailers, shops, warehouses, cash, others and handed them over to Oluchukwu in addition to three containers she had already cleared in Lagos and her flourishing business set up for her by the deceased in Lagos.
“They cannot also be investigating when they locked the family house of the Ekwosi in the village for several days on two occasions, detained his younger brother Ifeanyi, seized his handsets which they have refused to return till now and hacked his email account.
They also detained his sister Etim Ginika Ekwosi, in all, Police has displayed obvious partiality. They have been one sided in this matter. They have not shown fairness and capacity to do justice to all in this matter and therefore should hands off with immediate effect” said the Elders’ group.
The Chairman of the forum lauded the IGP for his wisdom and fair-mindedness in handing the matter to DCP Disu who instead of carrying out his job descretly clearly said he was following AIG, Zone 13’s instruction by being obviously partisan in the case.
Also speaking the secretary of the forum, Ideh Innocent Echezona, said if the officers were sincere and neutral, they would not have handed over those assets and cash they recovered to the last wife but keep it in a safe custody for Hyginus’ children until the matter is resolved.
He called on IGP to recover all those cash and assets handed over to the last wife and keep them until when this matter is amicably resolved.
The secretary also called on IGP to ensure that both officers withdraw from the matter since they have shown obvious bias and gone beyond their bounds, including locking the family house without a statutory order of the court.
He said the case as it is now is beyond the Police, the community and any other body, saying that it is only the Court that can handle and resolve this matter.
Noting that Udala died in the state, the group said, nobody has the right to administer his estate except the Chief Judge of the State who will issue a a letter of administration after due process must have been completed.
“It is only the Court of competent jurisdiction, not police in whatever disguise can resolve this matter by determining how the assets and cash of Udala would be shared,” they said.
They said there are some Court cases involving this matter in High Court of Ogidi and Aguleri which should be allowed to go its full course instead of this resort to brute force by the duo of AIG and DCP Disu.