By Lucky Osademe
At a time the Nigeria Police Force is faced with persistent uproar and serious tempest to disband the criminal SARS outfit by Nigerians and the global community for its inhuman brutality against innocent citizens, the Inspector General Police’s monitoring team and ZONE 5 Anti Vice counterpart headed by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Wale Ajibuwa allegedly connived with the Abuja based Inspector- General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to free one Mr Johnbul Owebaze, a murder suspect.
Early this morning, corrupt practices of ASP Wale in Benin City has been brought to the open in his recent involvement in a murder case brought against one Mr Johnbul Owenaze the notorious former chairman of the defunct Iguomon Community Development Association (CDA). The said suspect Johnbul Owenaze who had on several occasions jumped bail at the state’s criminal investigation department (CID) through the help of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Richard Balogun, the head of anti-kidnapping unit who is one of the major beneficiary from the land exploit and criminal escapades of the (CDA) activities while it lasted.
The men of the Nigerian police in okhuaihe division in collaboration with the O/C anti-kidnapping DSP Richard Balogun and the O/C Anti Vice AIG ZONE 5 have been the conniving police officers aiding and abetting the criminal activities of these notorious criminal gang of Iguomon Community led by Johnbul Owenaze and others amongst whom five of them have been remanded at the federal maximum prison, OKO Benin city for their involvement in the murder of some indigenes of Ikhuonbo community and the robbery and vandalisation of properties worth millions of Naira from ikhuonbo community.
In the latest developments, Mr Johnbul Owenaze was declared wanted by the Inspector General Response Team after he had earlier jumped bail three weeks ago with the help of DSP Balogun of the Edo State police command Anti kidnapping unit. Having been arrested last weekend by the IRT operatives, Owenaze was handed over to the office of ASP Wale where charges of murder, robbery, kidnapping, instigation of native war etc were filed against him.
The source revealed that instead of ASP Wale to hand over the suspect to men of the IRT who has several cases and petitions against him, ASP Wale allegedly collected the sum of N2.5million naira bribe from the suspect, hurriedly referred the case to the O/C legal unit of the state’s CID for immediate prosecution with lesser charges thereby dropping the charges of murder, robbery and kidnapping in a way that when he gets to court he will be granted bail.
A police officer who is shy of prints quips: “It’s quite unfortunate that the reckless corruption exhibited by both Wale and Balogun this morning has paved the way for a self-confessed murderer like Johnbul Owenaze to escape justice via light charges before a magistrate court in Ehor against the actual charge of murder for which he was arrested and investigated”, he said.
This has been the routine practice of DSP Balogun of the Edo State police and ASP Wale of the AIG ZONE 5 by corruptly aiding and abetting the criminal activities of these notorious community criminals to escape from the wrath of the law. It’s alleged that ASP Wale’s unholy activities in Ikhuonbo and Iguomon communities is connected with the free lands he forcefully achieved where he erected three buildings in addition to State-of-the-art-hotel that near completion.
These officers have become so rich contrary to how an average police officer is supposed to be. They have questionable and undefendable wealth, unworthy of a police officer of their rank. ASP Wale recently has been quoted as having collected undisclosed amount of millions from Johnbul Owenaze with the promise to kill the case hanging on him for which he was arrested and gave him lesser charges that are bailable so that when the court grants him bail with the edited charges given him he can then finally abscond into thin air.
It has been gathered that the reason for which these officers and their men are shielding Johnbul Owenaze from the law is because they have benefited hugely from his criminal activities as Iguomon youth chairman. Our sources revealed that the Inspector General of Police, the AIG zone 5 and the Edo State Commissioner of Police have been kept in the dark on this development.
A reliable source disclosed that both Wale and Balogun send kickbacks to the two previous Police Commissioners, Ejike and Gwando respectively who often come to their defence any time they ran into trouble, long after they have been transferred out of Edo State. We further gathered that the duo of Wale and Balogun have become a clog on the wheel of justice dispensation in Edo State.
A Civil Society advocate, Mr. John Isede based in Benin caution the IGP, AIG ZONE 5 and Edo State Commissioner of Police to urgently conduct proper investigation into the alleged murder case levelled against Mr. Johnbul Owenaze. Mr. Isede said justice must be served in the interest of peaceful coexistence between the two warring communities since the suspect’s collaborators have been jailed for the same murder case they were all involved in.