- The police have arrested a former director general of the National Taskforce on Small Arms, Light and Chemical Weapons
- Osita Emmanuel Okereke was arrested for alleged forgery, impersonation and obtaining money under false pretence from unsuspecting job seekers across Nigeria
- According to the police, Okereke will be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction after investigation into allegations against him
Officers of the Nigeria Police have arrested a former director general of the National Taskforce on Small Arms, Light and Chemical Weapons (NATFORCE), Emmanuel Okereke.
Okereke was arrested by the police over allegations of forgery, impersonation and obtaining money under false pretence from unsuspecting job seekers across Nigeria.
Police sources said Okereke was also under criminal investigation for allegedly mobilising some some thugs loyal to him.
The thugs were said to have assaulted and inflicted various degrees of injuries against some police detectives who went for his arrest.
It was gathered that the police prior to their investigation acted on a petition written by an individual who disclosed the various criminal allegations against the former NATFORCE boss.
confirming Okereke's arrest, police spokesperson, Frank Mba, said the identity of the petitioner cannot be disclosed for security reasons.
He said the police also has the duty to protect the identity of a petitioner who disclosed information in confidence to the force.
Reacting to the arrest, the acting director general of Importers Association of Nigeria (Special Taskforce), Chijioke Okoro, said Okereke overtime have been trying to hijack the management and organisation of the Importers Association of Nigeria (IMAN).
Okoro said the former NATFORCE boss had sworn to an affidavit, claiming that the certificate of incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to IMAN was lost to armed robbers.
According to him, Okereke had claimed that armed robbers attacked the national secretary of IMAN, Kingsley Chikezie and catered away with the said certificate.
A claim, Okoro said was later confirmed to the false.
Okoro also alleged that Okereke deceived the CAC into issuing him another certificate of incorporation without proper advertisements in some dailies as required by law.
He added that it was, however, gathered that the original certificate of incorporation was, in the safe custody of the IMAN's Board of Trustees (BOT).
Apparently dissatisfied with his questionable character, BOT intervened and subsequently suspended Okereke and later expelled him as DG, NATForce as well President, Importers Association of Nigeria.
However, Okereke was still reportedly parading himself everywhere as the substantive DG NATForce and President, IMAN.
When challenged, Okereke approached an Abuja High court, sitting in Jabi under the Lordship of Justice Halilu J, where he was said to have secured a verdict to his favour. But it was instantly appealed by IMAN.
But at the Federal Court of Appeal, Abuja, presided by Justices Adamu Jauro, Stephen Jonah Adah and Emmanuel Akomaye Agim, the judgement of the lower court was quashed in favour of IMAN.
Unrestrained, the Police alleged that Okereke has been involved in criminal activities of impersonation, forgery and obtaining money under false pretence from job seekers across the country.
Mba affirmed that once investigation was concluded, Okereke would be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction for prosecution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Okereke had alleged that Nigeria’s governors, candidates and other politicians are stockpiling arms ahead of the 2019 general elections.
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The arms, according to Okereke, are meant to kit the thugs of the politicians and candidates and governors, whose names he did not mention.
Okereke who spoke at the National Assembly on the need for the Senate to quickly pass the bill on the national commission on prohibition of illegal importation of small arms, ammunition and light weapons and other related matters.
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