Embattled Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, yesterday raised the alarm that his life is in danger. He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Dasuki Galandanchi, has withdrawn his security details, thereby, making him susceptible to attacks.
Recall that the Imo House of Assembly had last week reportedly impeached Madumere, an action voided by the Court. Madumere is Governor Rochas Okorocha’s deputy. A statement signed by his Special Assistant, Uche Onwuchekwa, condemned the Commissioner of Police for what he called “yielding to being an instrument of oppression in the hand of the Governor and ready to do his bidding, too.”
Madumere also said “strange looking policemen without any recourse have sealed-off the entrance gate to his office with chain and padlock without any reason advanced for their action, claiming they were sent from Governor’s office,” even as his staff were humiliated and chased out of the Office. He said the action of the Imo police boss is “not only deliberate but playing-out a script of his sponsor, of not only harming the deputy governor but to also take his life.”
“The Imo State Commissioner of Police, in the wake of the failed swearing-in of the Governor Okorocha’s new deputy governor designate due to the refusal of the Chief Judge and other qualified Judicial Officers, in obedience to court order, had withdrawn all police officers attached to the deputy governor. “We view such action as not only deliberate but playing-out a script of his sponsor, of not only harming the deputy governor but to also take his life.
“In the same spirit of impunity and recklessness, strange looking police men without any recourse to the restraining order of court, at about 10 am on Tuesday, August 1, 2018, sealed-off the entrance gate to the office of the deputy governor with chain and padlock without any reason advanced for their action. “When asked, they claimed they were sent from Governor’s office. All the staff of the Deputy Governor were not only humiliated but chased out of the Office. “This act of impunity has, in no little measure, affected the business of the Office of the Deputy Governor as Imolites who visited the office for genuine reason were humiliated and embarrassingly turned back.
“This act of illegality is not only limited to the Office of the Deputy Governor, Prince Madumere, his official residence located in the Commissioners’ quarters along Concorde Boulevard was also sealed-off. His Excellency, the Deputy Governor, relations and staff have not been allowed access to the facility and to their personal belongings. “We are surprised at the twist of event even after Governor Rochas Okorocha had directed that court order must be obeyed to the latter as relayed by the Attorney-General of Imo State, Militus Nlemadim.
“While we hail Governor Okorocha for his directive that court orders must be obeyed to the letter with respect to the present legal issue, we urge him to also direct for the unsealing of Deputy Governor’s office. “This is to avoid denying Imolites their right of requesting the Office the services due them, especially such that boarder of the constitutional function of the Deputy Governor.”