IGP orders arrests over detention of DTN Publisher, raid on offices
By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate arrest of one of the contenders to the ownership of Daily Times of Nigeria, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiora, over his role in the detention of the Publisher of the newspaper, Mr. Fidelis Anosike and seven management staff of the company.
Similarly, the IGP has ordered the probe of how the police led by a top-ranking police officer were used by Obiora to secure the services of a Magistrate court in Mpabe to secure illegal detention of Anosike in Kuje Prison for seven days when the same matter was already being handled by the Appeal Court.
The IGP’s directive, which led to the invasion of Obiora’s residence in Abuja on Thursday morning, followed a strong petition written by Anosike to the Police High Command, the Attorney General of the Federation and other security agencies, drawing their attention to the injustice being meted out to him and his management staff by Obiora and the police.
However, effort to arrest Obiora, who is laying a strong case to the ownership of the premier newspaper, flopped as he was not in the house by the time the detachment of policemen dispatched by the IGP to his house, did not meet him at home. But the lay siege to his house.
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