Abang: DPO allegedly releases suspect, detains lawyer who reported case in Abuja
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Galadima Police Division in Gwarinpa, ACP. Gomwalk Nandel has been accused of releasing an accused, one Barr. Oloyode Hussein, and illegally detaining a lawyer, Emmanuel Abang Esq., who reported case.
The matter was brought to the attention of ElombahNews by a whistleblowing organisation, Eagle Eyes Transparency International.
ElombahNews gathered that ACP. Nandel illegally ordered the detention of Abang Emmanuel, a lawyer who reported a case on a criminal matter.
Eagle Eyes alleged that instead of ordering an investigation, the DPO is suppressing it and shielding suspected criminal acts.
It further alleged that Nandel is taking laws into his hands by detaining the lawyer beyond the necessary time.
Barr. Abang narrated his ordeal as follows to the whistleblowers:
“I am Emmanuel Abang, a Legal Practitioner resident in the FCT. I had reported a case of criminal mischief against one Barr. Oloyode Hussein at the Galadima Police Division in Gwarinpa where one DSP Hilary Unung is the DCO.
“The suspect, upon being invited, admitted breaking into an office space l rented from one Mrs. Adimora who has a subsisting lease agreement with one Hajia Indo Muhammed. Oloyede Hussein who clearly acted in breach of the extant laws on tenancy, abandoned the Galadima Division, where he remains a suspect, and ran to the Life Camp Area Command where ACP Nendel Gomwalk, the Area Commander, has allowed himself to be used as a tool to hound me.
Upon being invited alongside Mrs. Adimora and other tenants who were victims of Oloyede’s mischief, the Area Commander denied me access to his office in Gwarinpa.
“A day after, l was invited to go and see him but l was in Lokoja. Upon my return from Lokoja, l went to see him but he insisted, through his aide (Musa), he wasn’t going to see me.
“Surprisingly, the same man who refused to see me went and procured a phoney warrant of arrest against me. I was arrested at the Galadima Division on Tuesday by the DCO who took me to the Area Command.
“Immediately, l stepped into the Area Commander’s office, he told me l must produce, there and then, my certificate of call to Bar. He then requested for a detention order saying l should be detained until Oloyode Hussein is available.
“Efforts by my Lawyer (Max Ogar) to intervene were immodestly rebuffed by ACP Gomwalk who has unlawfully detained me since Tuesday. There is no court order authorizing my detention.” [End]
Reacting, Eagle Eyes Transparency called on ‘patriotic Nigerians to arise to call to duty on social justice’.
“We smell rat,” it told ElombahNews, saying about ACP. Nandel: “He abuses his office which is the greatest part of corruption.”
Find below a short memo minuted to FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, by Dr George Davidson, the Chief Research Analyst of Eagle Eyes Transparency International:
“Dear CP Chiroma, good morning Sir. Please call ACP. Gomwalk Nandel to order. He is illegally detaining Abang Emmanuel Esq a lawyer who reported a case to the DPO Galadima on a criminal matter instead of the investigation, Acp Gomwalk Nandel is suppressing investigation and shielding suspected Criminal acts.
“From every indication, Gomwalk Nandel is taking laws into his hands by detaining the lawyer beyond the necessary time. Please call him to order and let him follow the rules of the law and Justice.
“We call you to please investigate ACP GOMWALK NENDEL and the instance case as it now. Every effort to speak to ACP GOMWALK NENDEL fell on deaf ears.
“Interview the DPO & DCO of Galadima Police Division not Gwarinpa please.
“Note: he will lie that is court order that he is using… let him produce the court orders to you if any at all.
“He is abusing his office.”
The memo was copied to IGP-NPF, ALL DIGs, All AIGs, All CPs, FPPRO Chairman, PSC, NBA, ACP, as well as Gomwalk Nendel himself.
Dr. Davidson wrote some Senior legal colleagues and friends as follows:
“Our brother/colleague (Emmanuel Abang) has been in custody at Gwarinpa since Tuesday on the orders of ACP Nendel Gomwalk; the Area Commander of Life Camp Area Command.
“Emma’s offence is reporting a day after a Police invitation was sent to him. Mr. Gomwalk refused seeing him when he got there and rather surreptitiously went to procure a warrant of arrest which was executed by DSP Hilary Unung (DCO, Galadima Police Division) where Emma’s case of criminal trespass and mischief against one Oloyode Hussein is pending.
“Hussein ran to a higher Police authority to report a case of joint act and mischief against Abang and one Mrs. Adimora.
“Since then, ACP Gomwalk has been hounding and hunting Abang. There is no court order authorizing Abang’s detention.
“Please, contribute to helping Abang regain freedom by sending ‘#FreeEmmaAbangnow’ to Mr. Gomwalk’s 08142523448. Gratia.”
ACP. Gomwalk Nandel is yet to respond to an sms sent to his phone over the case.