Edo lawyer drags Police to Court over alleged assassination attempt
By kingsley Abavo, Benin
A legal practitioner in Edo State, Barr. Sule Egele has dragged the Nigeria Police to court over alleged complicity in assassination attempt on his life by some suspected All Progressives Congress (APC) thugs.
In suit No FHC\B\CS\30\2017 filed in the Federal High Court, Benin Division; the Nigeria Police Force, Edo State Commissioner of Police, and Superintendent of Police, Okafor Moses are joined as respondents .
The applicant accused the police of having connived with the suspected thugs and turned the case against him.
Egele said he narrowly escaped death but had his car badly damaged by the suspected thugs during the September 28th, 2016 Governorship election in Etsako West Local Government Area for supporting the PDP Governorship candidate.
Amongst others, the applicant through his lead Counsel, Olayiwola Afolabi therefore prayed the court for a declaration order restraining the respondents whether by themselves, servants, agents and or privies and whosoever called from harassing, intimidating, threatening to arrest and detain, inviting the applicant for questioning or interrogation.
He equally sought an order from the court, that the failure of the respondents to investigate the complaint of the applicant which bothers on the subject for which they are now harassing, intimidating and arresting the applicant and for which two persons had previously been charged to court is only an afterthought.
The Petitioner pointed out; “That from the foregoing, it became apparent that there was a calculated ploy to smear my name and maliciously, surreptitiously prevent me from pursuing investigation into the dastardly attempt of the thugs.
“That it is appalling that the respondents who failed to do justice to my earlier petition and complaints against the thugs are now taking swift action to get me arrested and incarcerated.”
In an earlier petition to the Inspector General of Police, dated 17th February, 2017, titled; ‘Tardiness and Refusal Of The Police To Investigate Alleged Conspiracy, Assault, Malicious Damage and Assassination Attempt By Suspected Thugs’, the complainant urged the police authority to commence comprehensive investigation into the alleged assassination attempt and bring the culprits to book.
He also called on the Police Commissioner to immediately take full charge of the case to ensure impartiality, and fairness in the investigation process.