Officials appeal to IGP to release detained former NatForce boss

Officials appeal to IGP to release detained former NatForce boss

- Officials of NatForce and IMAN has called on the inspector general of police to release its director Emmanuel Okereke

- The agencies said that all allegations against Okereke by a petitioner Chijoke Okoro are all false

- According to the organisations, Okereke remains the president of IMAN and director general of NatForce

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Importers Association of Nigeria( IMAN) and National Taskforce on Prohibition of illegal importation of small arms, ammunition and light weapons ( NATforce) have called on the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu to release its boss, Emmanuel Okereke.

The leaders of the agencies also debunked claims that Okereke has been removed as the president and director general of the organisations respectively.

In a statement released on Monday, the coordinator of all directors of the agencies, Obinna Onyekwere debunked allegations against Okereke.

Onyekwere making the resolutions of the NEC and NatForce meeting said Okereke remains its president and director general of IMAN and NatForce.

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He said all the allegations leveled by the petitioner against the president of IMAN and the DG Natforce are false..

According to the statement, the petitioner, Chijioke Okoro, who allegedly parades himself as Ambassador and acting director general of NatForce did not even attend secondary school.

The statement said: "We wish to state (1)that IMAN has a resolution letter written and dated 22nd November 2011 and a High court judgment to dissolve the board of Trustees of IMAN dated January 23, 2017 and a ruling of An Appeal Court dated 11th February 2019."

The agencies alleged that Chijioke Okoro and his members went to Court of Appeal where a judgement was passed in favour of Okereke.

It further added that Okereke's arrest is illegal and unconstitutional.

"The National Executive Committee (NEC) hereby passed this resolution and appealed to the Inspector General of Police to use his good office and investigate all these allegations leveled against our DG, Chief Okereke."

"We wish to state that we don't know Mr Chijioke Okoro and his members and they have not been attending our meetings for the past five years and our constitution says that anybody who fails to attend the association's meeting five consecutive times ceases to be a member and automatically stands to have been expelled," the statement said.

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The council noted that since the case has gone to Supreme Court, it was legally wrong and an abuse of court process for Okoro who is not even a party in the litigation to have sent a false petition to the Police leading to the arrest of Okereke.

It also urged the police to arrest Okoro for misleading the public by providing false information to the force.

Meanwhile, previously reported that officers of the Nigeria Police have arrested Okereke.

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Okereke was said to have been 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. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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