Amnesty International Nigeria
34 Colorado Close, off Thames Street,
off Alvan Ikoku Way, Maitama, Abuja FCT Nigeria
Abia Govt., Sen. Orji conspire with police CP to declare me wanted
I have been dependably informed by a close police source in Abia State Command that the state government and Senator Theodore A. Orji, using the services of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Anthony Ogbizi have concluded plans to declare me wanted over factual publications on The Realm News (www.therealmnews.com) and my Facebook page exposing the gross mismanagement of Abia State funds by its past and present government.
This evil machination to treat me like an incendiary and/or a criminal was to be carried out late last month (October) but was circumscribed by the sudden transfer of the Abia CP by police hierarchy; though his transfer modalities are being sorted out and yet to be made public.
Their plan is to quickly arraign me in their kangaroo court, adjourn the case incessantly and later grant me bail with stringent conditions. This is to aid their univocal objective which is to suppress the ongoing revelations on Abia State finance as well as disrupt my book (Raped & Enslaved –Abia’s Era of Kleptocracy -) launch scheduled to hold towards the end of November.
This is not the first time such conspiracy to arrest me like a common criminal is being orchestrated. In May 2018, series of threat messages were sent to me by Abia State House of Assembly Majority Leader, Mr Chinedum Orji (the son of the immediate past governor and now senator representing Abia Central, Sen. T. A. Orji).
They read thus:
“No problem. You can do all your abuses. Don’t stop. What I will do to you will be a child’s play to what happened between us before.”
“A criminal. You can run but can’t hide. This is the end of my conversation with this criminal. You will regret the day you were born.”
Few weeks after these threat messages, some gunmen in civvies invaded my children’s school to arrest them in place of me but failed. They, however, arrested the principal of the school and forcefully obtained from her the location and name of the estate where I reside in Lekki-Ajah, Lagos.
Not sure of my home address, the men laid ambush at the estate gate for one week before they eventually arrested my two underage sons with the help of their pictures they downloaded from my Facebook page. Like common criminals, my underage (15 and 16 years old) boys were arrested in place of me, beaten, their clothes torn, handcuffed, thrown into a waiting car and whisked away to Ajiwe police station, Lekki-Epe Exp. Rd. close to Abraham Adesanya estate.
They were detained alongside their mother and my lawyer who had gone to the police station to bail them. My lawyer was detained and her phone confiscated for recording the condition of my children. While they were released after some hours in detention, the boys spent a night in Ajiwe police station’s cell with street urchins and others arrested for various criminal related offenses.
Their ordeals were later published in the New Telegraph newspaper of Monday, May 7, 2018, page 8 under the headline: “Police Storm School, Arrest Teenage Boys in Place of Dad” and in the Nation newspaper of Tuesday, May 8, 2018, page 4 under the headline: “Journalist’s Wife Relives her family’s ordeal in police hands.”
Several other unsuccessful attempts had been made thereafter to arrest me in Abia State by these people using ladies of easy virtue as baits. I have also been trailed severally by unknown men prompting me to notify the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr Imohimi Edgal via test messages. During our last conversation, he advised me to go and meet the Lagos Police Command PPRO, Mr Chike Otti.
Mr Chke Otti had also apologised to my family and opted to help my underage sons recover from the trauma of the unlawful detention. But the desperation of Abia State Government through their willing police officers to take laws into their hands will not stop, hence their latest plan.
I am a journalist, a former Associate Editor of New Telegraph newspaper and presently the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Realm Newspapers Nigeria Ltd., publishers of The Realm News. I am not a criminal and do not deserve to be treated as one. My organisation stand by every news story published on Abia State Government.
If Sen. Orji and Abia State Government had no underhanded motive, they should approach the court of competent jurisdiction to seek for justice than resorting to the use of police and gunmen to chase after me.
By this letter, I wish to inform the Amnesty International, Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) the general public and relevant security agencies that Abia State government, Sen. Orji and his son, Chinedum Orji should be held responsible if anything happens to me or any member of my household.
I want to also use this medium to urge the police hierarchy to caution their men to avoid criminals hiding under them to assassinate me. I will not be cowered to stop my statutory responsibility of monitoring government and public office holders and make them accountable to the society by any individual(s) or Group(s).
Don Norman Obinna,
MD/EIC The Realm Newspapers Nigeria Ltd.