By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
An embattled employee with a private company, Clean All Environmental Services Limited has accused the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) of colluding with his employer to deprive him of his means of livelihood.
This he said, through alleged illegal incessant arrests and threat to life over a dispute now before a court of competent jurisdiction.
The employee, Engr. Murphy Ekpo made the allegation in a petition dated 26th June, 2018 to the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris seeking his prompt intervention to prevent what he regards as the “Sanctity of Justice being dragged in the mud”.
Ekpo in the appeal for justice explained that the Police had arraigned him before the Chief Magistrate Court in Calabar in a charge No. MC/882C/2017 over alleged forgery of a letter of appointment duly issued by the company.
According to him, he was later arraigned again before the Federal High Court, Calabar suit No. FHC/CA/2C/2018 with a similar charge and Justice I. E. Ekwo presiding, dismissed the case when
the court was convinced that he was to suffer double jeopardy as it were.
The petitioner disclosed that he thereafter instituted a civil suit No. NICN/CA/05/2017 against the Clean All Environment Services Limited owned by Mr. Daniel Kanu in a bid to obtain redress over the employer and employee dispute which the Police Force is bent to frustrate.
This, he said, came to the fore on the date which he was to be cross-examined on the 13th of June, 2018, when policemen on the instigation of his employer invaded the National Industrial Court in Calabar and arrested him yet again as a ploy to frustrate his effort to obtain justice.
He said that the unwarranted invasion of the Industrial Court Premises forced his Counsel, E. E. Bassey Esq. of Ukpong Eba & Associates who was so traumatized to plead with the Registrar of the Court in a letter dated 14th June, 2018 to adjourn the matter because the policemen, “through the instigation of the Defendant’s representative one Edafe Lloyd, demonstrated a high level of impunity before the Court”.
The petitioner further stated that the Cross River Department of the SIIB later in the evening of 13th June, 2018 invaded his residence in Calabar when darkness had fallen, destroyed one of the doors leading to his sitting room and held his children and other members of his family as well as other occupants hostage and later arrested and detained two of his guests while his daughter’s telephone hand set has been impounded up till date.
“In view of this reckless development, my life is seriously threatened as I have no other place to run to, because I don’t know the intention of the Nigeria Police Force in this very case, he complained”.
“Wherein the case is currently handled by the Ministry of Justice, I respectfully crave your indulgence to use your good offices and intervene at the sanctity of justice will not be destroyed or dragged in the mud, the embattled employee pleaded”.
The intervention of the Inspector-General, he contended will enable him to honour the next adjourned date of the civil suit without hindrance as he is now afraid of the imminent threat to his life and protection from the Police boss who is expected to provide same to all citizens unconditionally.