Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, counsel to kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, has accused officers of the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team of extorting over N50m and other valuables worth millions of naira from his clients.
Ogungbeje made the claims in a petition to the Police Service Commission, PSC, National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police, the National Human Rights Commission, and Amnesty International.
In the petition, Ogungbeje also accused the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team of sexually molesting Evans’ girlfriend, Amaka Offor.
The petition is captioned: “The Evans Case and Saga: Brazen Extortion, Corruption, Gross Misconduct, Indiscipline, Sexual Molestation and Human Rights Violation Against the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team Police Officers and Policemen.”
The petition reads, “Our client has duly briefed us on the above captioned subject matter involving the police officers and policemen attached to the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team.
“For the avoidance of doubt, it is our secured brief that in the course of investigating our client while being detained in the custody of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) on the allegation of kidnapping, the following under-listed items were forcefully and corruptly extorted from our client.
“1. The sum of N50, 000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) cash.
“2. Another sum of N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira) sent by our client’s wife as pressured by the above policemen.
“3. Twenty-five (25) Mack Trucks forcefully taken but not listed as exhibits in the ongoing criminal trial of our client.
4. Brigade wristwatch worth One Hundred and Seventeen (117) Thousand U.S Dollars.
“5. Pendant cross worth Seventy (70) Thousand U.S Dollars.
“6. Necklace worth Twenty-Five (25) Thousand U.S Dollars.
“7. Virtu Phone worth Thirty (30) Thousand U.S Dollars.
“8. Virtu Signature Phone worth Seventeen (17) Thousand U.S Dollars.
“9. Ten (10) Thousand U.S Dollars cash extorted by ASP Phillip Rieninwa.
“10. Five (5) Pieces of Saphono Rucci Diamond Rings worth One Hundred (100) Thousand U.S Dollars.
“11. Lexus 470 Jeep.
“12. Grand Cherokee Jeep.
“13. L400 Mitsubishi Bus.
“14. Toyota Highlander (Gold Colour).
“15. Eighty-Five (85) Inches Samsung Television set worth 6.5 Million Naira amongst others.
“our client also confided in us that one (Amaka Offor) his girlfriend was sexually molested and abused by the above policemen of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).”
Ogungbeje called on the Police Service Commission to probe his allegations and invoke appropriate sanctions including dismissal against the culpable police officers.
“Sir, you would agree with us that these allegations are too weighty to be ignored by any right-thinking Nigerian.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that it calls for prompt investigation, inquiry and appropriate sanctions. We are using this medium as our own way of galvanizing institutional sanity, cleansing and reform in the Nigeria Police Force as an institution.
“As we speak, the brother in law and other relations of our client are still being detained and tortured by the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT).