INEC worker held for possessing firearm

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Detectives attached to the zone 9 Police head quarters in Umuahia, Abia State capital, have arrested one Emmanuel Agwu, a staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission for unlawful possession of a gun and live ammunition. Zone 9

A Source close to the zone 9 Command told The Nation in condition of anonymity that a team of Police officers were detailed by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in the zone Mr. Hosea Karma to arrest Agwu, but he resisted the arrest, threatening to shoot the Policemen.

It was learnt that Agwu who is a director in INEC serving at Akwa Ibom State, was ordered to be arrested at his Amauba Housing Estate, Ubakala Umuahia in connection with a case of alleged threat to life leveled against him in a petition written by C. M Onwukamuche, a legal practitioner based in Umuahia. It was gathered that Agwu who is currently at loggerheads with one Chigozie Okeahialam over a six plot of land at Amauba Housing Estate, had refused all civil approach made to settle the matter, but rather he forcefully took possession of the land and threatened Okeahialam to stay away, hence the petition
was brought against him.

A Police source said when the arrest team arrived at Agwu’s house, he refused to open his gate and called the Policemen in uniform kidnappers.

According to the source, “When we got to Agwu’s house he didn’t open the gate for us even though we were on Uniform and identified
ourselves as policemen. He called us kidnapers and went on to contact the Police and other security agencies in the State that kidnappers were at his gate. One of his friends who is said to be a Military man came and confirmed that we were Police officers, but he refused to open his gate.

“We contacted our base and the AIG asked us to come back. We went back and obtained a search warrant and returned and carried out a search in his house. We found seven rams of live ammunition from his room. We then arrested him and asked him to produce the gun and he refused and said he had no gun, but we later recovered the gun”.

According to the petition made available to our correspondent by Onwukamuche, he stated that his client Okeahialam had a business ideal with Agwu in which he sold part of his landed property to him, leaving other parts of the land for himself.

The petition added that Okeahialam also extended a power of attorney in respect of the part of the land sold to Agwu, but Agwu had refused to return a copy of the said power of attorney to him.

The petition read in part, “All efforts made for Agwu to return the power of attorney to our client has proved abortive, until on the 5th day of march, 2018 when our client visited the said landed property only to discover that Agwu has left the area sold to him and encroached into the other remaining part of our client’s land not sold to him.

“Our client discovered that Agwu had also sold part of his land to strangers who had commenced building on it, while his wife and son had already commenced farming on the remaining part of the land.

“Efforts made by our client to challenge Agwu’s unlawful encroachment into his land was resisted by Agwu and his son who both reportedly pointed gun at him and threatened him to leave the land for them or he will lose his life’’.

The Nation