‎Lawyer petitions Police AIG over threat to life of Court bailiff by DCO

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Nigeria Police Force
A Lawyer and rights activist, Mr Dania Abdullahi has on
Wednesday,  petitioned the Assistant
Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Command Onikan, Lagos, on the abuse of
office by the Divisional Crime Officer (DCO) in charge of the Agor police
station, Isolo-Lagos. DSP Abdullai Kasimu.
In the petition dated May 4, 2016, the lawyer is seeking
the immediate transfer of a tenancy case file been investigated by Kasimu.

He said that his client, Mr Ernest Nwanoro, a Senior
Bailiff/ Sheriff of the Federal High Court, is resident at No 21, Ajoke
Okunsanya Str., Agor Palace way, Okota Lagos, which is owned by an ex
Comptroller of Custom, Chief John Ogundoju, but managed by his daughter and
husband, Mr and Mrs Eniafe Adeola.
He said that Nwanoro was given a notice to quite the
apartment by an agent of the landlord, one Mr Lanre, but before the expiration
of the notice, he (Lanre) in company of some policemen from the Agor Police
division, stormed his premises, and disconnected, both his power and water
supply and also illegally barricaded the entrance to his premises.
He said that on April 28, 2016, at about 10pm, his client
(Nwanoro) got a call from the said Lanre, for him to report at the police station.
He said that his client was surprised at this call, as he
was aware that such invitation ought to be served on him by a serving police
officer and also ought not to be be by night.
He said that on April 29, him and his client went to the
said Agor police station and requested to see the DCO, but was informed that he
was away from office, and even the police officers at the station feigned
ignorance of the invitation.
He said that surprisingly on May 3, his client got a call
from the DCO, threatening to shoot him, if he failed to appear at the station
without fail.
He said that his client’s house was subsequently, invaded
afterwards, that he had to relocate his family to a friends place for safety.
According to the Lawyer, he made several unsuccessful
calls to the DCO and also sent text messages trying to find out the situation
from him, but in return, the DCO used several negative aspersions on him.
He said that the matter bordered on Tenancy and is purely
civil, but that it is obvious that the DCO has been greatly compromised, since
he has descended into the arena, and has been making uncomplimentary statements
which is unbecoming of a police officer.
He argues that the threat of the DCO cannot be taken
likely, and urges the AIG, to order the transfer of the matter from the Agor
police division to his division for a discreet, unbiased and fair investigation
He argues that it is important for the DCO to be
cautioned on the position of the law as it relates to payment of rent, quite
notice and all other issues of tenancy, adding that his client has not
committed any offence.
All efforts to get the reaction of the said house
managers on telephone, proved abortive as they refused to make any comment.

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