FG goes after Rivers Police Commissioner for stopping judge crackdown


The Punch Newspapers reports that the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr Francis Odesanya, has fallen into the cross hairs of the federal government for aiding the aborted arrest of a judge in Port Harcourt.

Odesanya had over the weekend, been Instrumental in Governor Nyesom Wike’s move to stop the operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) from arresting the judge, who was accused of corruption.

Wike was said to have rushed to the official residence of the judge at No. 35, Forces Avenue, the GRA and in a confrontational manner prevented the DSS officers from taking the judge away, report said.

The Governor was said to have been joined at the scene by Odesanya, who allegedly further made it impossible for DSS officials to carry out a legitimate order.

Following the incident, the newspaper, citing a highly-placed source, said the police authorities will sanction the Commissioner.

The source, however, did not specify the kind of punishment that might be meted out to the Commissioner.

“The Rivers Commissioner of Police will be dealt with appropriately. It has been established that the DSS officials who were at the judge’s residence had with them duly signed search and arrest warrants,” the source said.

“By stopping the security agents from doing their work, what he did was to obstruct justice. He stopped those people from carrying out a legitimate order.

“He will be sanctioned accordingly.”


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