In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 01st, October, 2020

Drama As Abuja Police Headquarters Invitations DPO For Allegedly Demanding N30,000 For Bail

Drama As Abuja Police Headquarters Invites DPO For Allegedly Demanding N30,000 For Bail

Alexander Orwhoji, the Divisional Police Officer in Ehime Mbanno, Imo State, has been invited to the police headquarters in Abuja to clarify why he allegedly demanded N30,000 for bail and a male surety over a civil matter.

A pair, Paul and Nnenna Osuji, was invited by the police within the state on September 17 over a land dispute however was finally detained by the law enforcement officials at Ehime Mbano once they honoured the invitation the subsequent day.

As a substitute of treating the case as a civil matter, the police charged the couple for assaulting a window who was concerned within the land dispute and demanded the sum of N30,000 and a male surety for his or her bail, in accordance with the daughter of the couple, Oluchi.

Oluchi advised SaharaReporters that her dad and mom didn’t beat the window as alleged and her dad and mom weren’t round on the day that the alleged assault happened.

Oluchi stated her sister was solely in a position to increase N19,000 for the investigating police officer, Treasured Ukwu, who claimed to be performing on directions from Orwhoji.

Following a report by SaharaReporters and a petition to the police, Orwhoji has been requested to return to Abuja for an interview with the inspector normal of police, in accordance with a supply who has been following the case.

“The workplace received a grievance on the matter and spoke with the DPO. It seems the DPO should come down and provides us his facet of the story,” the supply stated.

The spokesman for the police in Imo State, Ikeokwu Orlando, had earlier dismissed the allegation of bail demand when SaharaReporters requested him about it. Nonetheless, he gave the explanation why the police particularly requested for a male surety.

“There are situations for launch on bail,”
he had stated. “For example, you do not deliver a lady when you recognize the girl is underneath a husband. The lady won’t have a base. When somebody says the accused should deliver a person, the police are attempting to determine the truth that the individual, the accused, resides and works in that city.”

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Later in a press release on Saturday, Orlando clarified his earlier feedback.

“To set the data straight, the matter reported was an assault occasioning hurt, the place the suspects met the complainant farming on a bit of land (probably in dispute), beat her up and inflicted bodily accidents on her. The case was established and was being investigated then.

“Secondly, cash was by no means paid to anyone because the suspects weren’t launched on bail however charged to courtroom.”

On gender-specific surety, Orlando stated, “I advised him – SaharaReporters, that there isn’t any regulation stating girl can’t stand as surety, however the individual in whose custody the suspect is has a duty to both settle for or reject a surety, based mostly on the credibility and reliability of such surety, as a result of because the individual in control of that jurisdiction, the officer is predicted to have wonderful data of the individuals throughout the space, and the essence of a surety is to make sure that the individual being taken on bail is produced at any time when wanted till the case in opposition to her or him is lastly disposed of.

“I stated some individuals reject ladies based mostly on their perception that she shouldn’t be impartial or is probably not based mostly in an space. I ended up saying that it’s fallacious, as there isn’t any regulation stating such.”

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