From Maurice Okafor,Enugu
The pioneer deputy chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC),Enugu state chapter,Comrade Adolphus Ude,has cautionef the embattled chairman of the party in Enugu state, Chief Ben Nwoye, to respond to police investigation whenever he is invited and stop blaming the Foreign affairs minister,Mr Geoffrey Onyeama,for his woes.
Comrade Ude gave the caution while responding to claims before news men by Chief Nwoye that his invitation to police head quarters Abuja by officer in charge of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team is based on a petition written against him by Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, aftermath of fake news on COVID-19 status of Mr Onyeama recently published in social media,attributed to Comrade James Okugo Nwanjoku,an APC Youth leader in Enugu West Senatorial district.
Nwoye who addressed news men in Enugu yesterday, after an Enugu high court presided over by Justice Okpe granted an injunction restraining his arrest, pending the outcome of his suit in the Enugu high court,said he went to the court to avoid any violation of his fundamental human rights.
He told news men that the Foreign affairs minister is determined to use law enforcement agencies to disgrace him at all costs,stating that just as the purveyor of fake news on COVID-19 status of Mr Onyeama, James Okugo Nwanjoku,was detained for six days by Force headquarters at Abuja before he was granted bail,the same force headquarters has been asking him to voluntarily report to their station or be compelled to do so.
Nwoye said he went to court and obtained the interim injunction for his personal liberty.
His words, “So I decided to go to court to seek protection for my life to personal liberty and freedom because my life is in danger.Nigeria is a third world country where any thing goes”.
Justice Okpe while delivering judgement in the suit with No E/228/2020 brought before his court by Barrister Ugochukwu Ezeh on behalf of Chief Ben Nwoye,Barr Benjamin Nebe and Evaristus Asadu stated,
” An order of interim injunction is hereby granted to the applicants,restraining the respondents whether by themselves, their agents, men,officers or privies from arresting,detaining or in any manner restricting the applicants rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement, pending hearing and determination of the substantive suit on notice”.
Joined in the suit as respondents are Foreign affairs minister personal assistant, Mr Flavour Eze,the Inspector General of police and the officer in charge of IGP’s intelligence response team.
But in a swift reaction to the claim by Chief Nwoye that Mr Onyeama want to disgrace him at all cost,Comrade A.C Ude, who also was the Enugu state Coordinator for 2019 President Buhari re election and current state coordinator of PMB Solidarity Movement in Enugu state advised Chief Nwoye to submit himself for investigations and stop cutting corners.Ude further pleaded with Nwoye to leave Mr Onyeama out of the matter since the law enforcement agencies know how best to conduct their investigations.
Ude stated,”Ben Nwoye is a PDP mole in APC for him to have gotten court injunction within 24 hours in a state high court. He should stop distracting the attention of the presidency and honourable minister of foreign affairs from serving the nation”.
“We thank God that he is back to court, the same court he violated their order which stated that he was not qualified to re contest the position of chairman of APC in Enugu state,for having not resigned appropriately before the election. But he has kept on parading himself as chairman of the party in Enugu state,causing confusion here and there”.
” It is the wish of our party members in Enugu state that the law enforcement agencies should close up on him and his cohorts behind the fake news report that APC party leader in Enugu state, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the foreign affairs minister is a carrier of corona virus disease “,Comrade Udeh stated.