Legal Practitioner Battered By NDLEA Officers In Abia State

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A legal practitioner who goes by the name Mr. Anthony Nwankwo was reported to have been allegedly battered by NDLEA officers for trying to resolve a civic issue.

The NDLEA officers however did not seem to find this funny as they posited that Barr. Nwankwo had interfered with their civil duty leading to an unnecessary delayer in enabling them execute their duty effectively.

Meanwhile, read the excerpt below from Barr. Nwankwo.

Battered face

Barr. Anthony Nwankwo’s battered face by NDLEA officers

“Two weeks ago, I left my office to meet a friend of mine at artillery junction, who I had earlier called to help me source for my phone charger,as my phone selects charger and won’t charge if it is not compatible with the charger. On my arrival, I met with her, we tried our best to get a charger that could charge my phone, but to no avail. She suggested that we go to her office and try using her own charger to see if it can charge my phone. When we got to her office, she received a call from an agent who has been helping her to find a shop for her new make up business. On getting the call she asked me to accompany her to see the shop since the place is near by, and moreover my phone is not up yet and we need to allow it for some minutes to see if it would come up. I joined her to see the shop. The agent showed us the shop, though it has an occupant in it, the lady allowed us to see the shop. After the inspection of the shop she liked the shop, we came outside with the agent and she asked the agent the price the shop was going for,the agent said 50,000.She went back to the shop to confirm the price with the occupant of the shop which I also followed her (the lady in question is heavily pregnant). It was at that point that a young man came in with some men of the NDLEA, about three of them. They asked for the manager of the shop, which the lady that my friend was discussing with indicated that she is the one. At that point they told her that she is under arrest and should follow them to their office. I immediately intervened and asked what the problem was, the young man that came with them said he bought a fairly used DVD player from the shop for N15,000,on getting home it was not functioning properly,that he returned same and asked for the refund of his money and the lady has not refunded. The lady said that she has referred the man to his boss, as she has no power to refund. The young man also said he had met with the lady’s boss who told him to come back in the next two days for his refund. At that point the NDLEA personnel were already agitated that I am intervening with the arrest. They asked for who I was, I told them that I am a lawyer and showed them my ID card, I also told them that this is a simple civil issue and they have no jurisdiction or right to make any arrest on this issue,as the lady was not caught with any drugs or other related substances. They got more agitated. I told them that the best we can do is to call the lady’s boss so that he can come and we see the best way to sort out the issue. One of the officers gave me 10 minutes to get the lady’s boss. I asked the lady to call his boss, which she did. In less than five minutes the lady’s boss was there with us, as we were discussing on how to resolve the issue, the next thing I heard was the sound of siren and it was more men of the NDLEA, one of the officers who was on ground with us when the discussion was going on pointed at me as the lawyer delaying them, immediately these men bounced on me, beating me, dragging me, spraying tear gas on me, pushed me into their vehicle and handcuffed me to their vehicle. They took me to their office, on arrival at their office, it was another episode of beating and spraying of tear gas. They asked me to write a statement and accused me of obstructing their duty and calling the community on them. Even at the place I was to make the statement, they were still slapping and beating me. I told them that I would like to make a call, which they obliged me, so I called a friend who now called my boss and other of my colleagues in the office. I  told them that I cannot make a statement till I see my lawyer. Due to the traffic at Aba road yesterday, my boss and colleagues in my office could not come early. However, Rita Chinda, Esq later came, I made my statement and was released to her on bail later in the evening. Before I was released, the legal adviser to the Young Lawyers Forum, a committee member of the NBA committee on Human Rights, my boss and others colleagues were on ground. I was asked to report back to the NDLEA office on Tuesday, 5th March, 2019.”

As at the point of reporting this, there has not been a positive update.

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One Response to Legal Practitioner Battered By NDLEA Officers In Abia State

  1. Oluwatosin Sunday says:

    Just when will things be right in this nation?
    I stand to be corrected, but I wonder what NDLEA have to do with DVD and refunding.

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