Police Detain Governor Ayade’s Aide In Lagos
Mr Oscar Ofuka, Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Cocoa Development, is being held in jail by the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Ofuka was arrested on Wednesday morning around 4:00 a.m. in Calabar, Cross River State, and whisked away to faraway Lagos, where he is currently detained in the FCID Annex Alagbon Close, Lagos, Weetalknaija reports.
Oscar Ofuka’s legal attorney, Max Ogar Esq., told www.calitown.com on Thursday that his client, who had been arrested in Calabar, had been “taken out of Calabar at 4am yesterday, July 7, 2021…
He is now being held at Alagbon, Lagos.”
Meanwhile, Ogar has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, alleging that: “Retired AIG Mbu Joseph Mbu has been peddling his influence and using the instrumentality of the Police Force to harass and intimidate my client,” and that his client “has refused to join him in his fight against Governor Benedict Ayade of Cross River State.”
“Right now, the retired AIG is employing your people at the FCID Annex Alagbon Close, Lagos to fulfill his goal of abusing our client even though a case is pending in Court,” Ogar wrote in the appeal. A letter addressed to your office on the 16th of June 2021 is attached and marked ‘A.’
Recall that AIG Mbu has protested in many occasions that Ofuka has denied some landlord communities royalties for land utilized in cocoa growing in the state, particularly in Etung Local Government Area.
“Royalties are payable by the government directly to the host landlord community, not through Ofuka,” Ogar added in his statement. In any case, the state, not Mbu, should file a complaint if Ofuka is accused of doing something unethical. Mbu lacks the legal authority to do so.”
“All attempts by prominent former Police Officers like AIG Egbe Ngangor Njom and CP Lawrence Eko Alobi to induce Mr Mbu to back down in his vendetta have failed,” he added in his letter to the IGP.
Wearing Monday, Ofuka was arrested in a Gestapo-style detention at the CRBC premises by policemen on mufti from Abia State, but was later freed by a squad of officers led by CP Sikiru Akande at Parliamentary Extension by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan bypass, Calabar.