Abang, lawyer detained by DPO in Abuja after reporting case released
Lawyer, Emmanuel Abang Esq., has been released barely hours after ElombahNews joined the fight for his release in a report published late hours of Monday.
According to the report, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Galadima Police Division in Gwarinpa, ACP. Gomwalk Nandel reportedly released an accused, one Barr. Oloyode Hussein, and illegally detained Barr. 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.
It was gathered that the FCT Commissioner of Police, today, debriefed ACP Gomwalk and ordered him to hand over the case file to the O/C Legal who, in turn, was instructed to immediately release Abang on self-recognition.
In a short memo addressed to ElombahNews, one Max Ogar, on behalf of Barr. Abang, wrote:
“We use this opportunity to thank all of you for your contributions.
“Your posts on Facebook and the various contributions on different WhatsApp platforms made a big difference. You are the winners.
“For the records, the Area Commander caused Abang to be arraigned before the FCT Upper Area Court in Mpape, but we stoutly opposed the jurisdiction of the Court on the strength of Section 109 of the ACJA, 2015 and the subsisting judgment of Hon. Justice Suleiman Belgore of the FCT High Court in FCT/HC/CV/3171/2017(Barr. Anugom Ifeayichukwu V. The Grand Khadi, Sharia Court of Appeal & 2 Ors.) to the effect that by virtue of the FCT Area Courts (Repeal and Establishment) Act, 2010, the FCT Area Courts do not have criminal jurisdiction.
“Our action destabilized them.
“Meanwhile, they had earlier registered a First Information Report (FIR) at the Magistrate Court sitting at Life Camp, a very clear case of forum shopping.
“The FCT CP has, today, ordered a withdrawal of all the First Information Reports filed against Abang in different courts.
“While congratulating Abang for regaining his freedom, we, once again, thank you all.”