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Discreditable conduct: RULAAC petitions IGP over ASP Matthew @Isuaniocha - ITREALMS

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The Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) has petitioned the office of the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Alkali Baba Usman, over the abuse of power and discreditable conduct of one senior Police officer, ASP Matthew Abu Michael, reports 
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ITREALMS was dated April 3, 2022 and addressed to the IGP at Force Headquarters on the rising killings and tensions orchestrated by ASP Matthew Abu in Isuaniocha town of Anambra State.
RULAAC alleged that the conduct of ASP Matthew Abu Michael has become unbecoming and used his office to abuse power, aid crime and violence, in Isuaniocha community, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

They also alleged that ASP Matthew of the Force CID, Admin Section, Abuja abused his police powers by colluding with some wealthy and influential members of the Isuaniocha community who are currently standing trial for murder and attempted murder in a nefarious attempt to obstruct justice and discredit the Nigeria Police Force.

“… In attempt to obstruct and derail justice in their ongoing trial in Anambra State High Courts 2 and 5 on murder case and attempted murder case respectively,” RULAAC declared in the petition signed by the Executive Director, Mr. Okechukwu Nwanguma

The petition also copied to the Chairman, the Police Service Commission, RULAAC alleged the scheme by ASP Matthew Abu Michael who is apparently working for the accused persons in the cases is to turn the cases against the victims cum complainants and their relatives and sympathizers using intimidation, arrest, detention and frame up with false allegations to scare them away from attending court to pursue their cases against them.

“We are informed that ASP Matthew Abu Michael has been working with and always taking sides with the accused persons in the matter as far back as 2018 when the communal conflict that led to the murder started,” he group said.

In addition, they accused ASP Matthew Abu of always helping the accused person to write fictitious petitions or counter petitions and made sure that the petitions were directed to whichever unit he is attached to and always with him as the IPO.

“He has carried out many illegal arrests, detention and torture of many Isuaniocha people,” RULAAC decried.

Currently, RULAAC equally alleged, ASP Matthew has abandoned his post at the FCID Abuja and permanently stationed in Awka in Anambra State; using a gang of violent criminal youths called Bakasi whose members include some of those who were involved in the murder and had been wanted by the police at Force CID Abuja since 2018.

“They have been hunting after members of the community including the families of the murder and attempted murder victims, with Supol Matthew Abu Michael supervising the invasion of their houses, burning and vandalizing their houses and household property. So far, Supol Abu has arrested over 20 members of the community, with some detained for days and released only after they paid money for their release, while he took about 5 others to the Force CID, Abuja where he has detained for the past 3 weeks and torturing them to sign self-incriminating statements,” RULAAC lamented.

Recently, ASP Matthew, they further alleged, has caused the names of several members of the deceased family, youth executives and other members of the community sympathetic to them to be published and gazetted as persons wanted by the police for various phantom crimes including alleged terrorism.

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“We are informed that he obtained the questionable court order for the gazette from a Nasarawa State Magistrate’s Court, far away from Anambra State where they reside and where the alleged crimes were committed. This is part of the scheme to scare them away from attending court to pursue their cases at Anambra State High Courts in Awka. On several occasions, they have threatened the plaintiffs in the cases with consequences if they find them near the courts and have actually laid ambush for them to arrest them on their way to court,” RULAAC decried.

All these, RULAAC equally alleged are hatchet jobs by ASP Matthew Abu who is being funded by Festus Onyeagolu and Anthony Onyeagolu; the two prime suspects in the two cases of the murder of late Angus Okoye and the attempted murder of Chidiebele Okoye.

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