The Nigeria Police Force has refuted claims by Olukoya Ogungbeje, lawyer to billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme “Evans” Onwuamadike, that officers of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team extorted over N50m from his client.
Ogungbeje made the claims in a petition to the Police Service Commission (PSC), National Assembly, the Inspector General of Police, the National Human Rights Commission, and Amnesty International.
Reacting to the allegation, Force PRO, Moshood Jimoh in a statement on Sunday described the allegation as baseless and the cries of an already sinking man.
Jimoh said, “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to publications in the media on 14th October, 2017 that “Evans lawyer accuses police of extorting over N50 million, other valuables” from his client and another report that “Police Sexually molesting Evan’s Girlfriend, Amaka Offor” credited to one Olukoya Ogungbeje.
“The two publications were found out to be absolute falsehood, misleading, unfounded and deliberate attempt to cast aspersion on the thorough and discrete investigation carried out by the Nigeria Police Force in all the offences committed by Evans who has pleaded guilty in court to multiple kidnappings, murder, armed robbery and other capital offences.
“Virtually all the items erroneously claimed by Olukoya Ogungbeje to have been forcefully and corruptibly extorted from his client were found out to have been exaggerated.
“For avoidance of doubt, all monetary exhibits and other valuable properties including houses and exotic vehicles were not extorted but recovered by the IGP Intelligence Response Team during the investigation into the several cases of kidnappings, murder, armed robbery and other capital offences linked to Evans were duly registered and will be tendered in court as exhibits as the trial progresses.
“It is pertinent to disabuse the minds of the public who must have read the story that no police personnel within the team or anywhere else involved in the investigation of all the cases linked to Evans engage in any sexually molestation of the alleged Evan’s girlfriend Amaka Offor as claimed.
“The Nigeria Police Force sees these publications as a deliberate distraction and ill motives by Olukoya Ogungbeje to pervert the end of justice. He is advised to face his client’s case in court and not misleading the public.
“The Force hereby enjoined members of the public to disregard and discountenance the unfounded publications.”