By CrossRiverWatch admin
A Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP David Ekong of the Nigeria Police, Cross River State Command and some of his subordinates are currently facing orderly room trial for unlawful arrest and detention of one Mr. Ottobong Inyang as well as demanding for two hundred and fifty thousand naira (N250, 000) bribe for bail.
On the 19th, February, 2016, Mr. Inyang was arrested and detained at the State Command and released on Sunday 21st, February, 2016 after paying fifty thousand naira cash to DSP David Ekong.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that the ordeal of Ottobong began when he was arrested for alleged armed robbery and car theft shortly after he bought a Volkswagen Passat from a car stand around Etta-Agbor by IBB.
According to the policemen, the car was stolen during a robbery which date and scene was not given.
The seller of the car according to our police source was also arrested but not detained while Ottobong was detained and while in detention, CrossRiverWatch learnt, he was asked to pay two hundred and fifty thousand naira to regain his freedom.
While in the cell, inmates were instructed by DSP David to deal with Inyang ruthlessly and he confessed to have been beaten very badly until he eventually agreed to pay one hundred thousand naira for his bail.
He deposited fifty thousand and secured his freedom while he was asked to bring the balance of fifty thousand Naira last Monday or be rearrested.
Our sources further reveal to this investigator that after securing his release, Inyang got a legal team and approached the AIG Zone 6 Calabar, Baba Adisa Bolanta to lay a complaint.
While in the AIG’s office, DSP Ekong kept calling for the balance and instructed Inyang to take it to Watt market, Calabar South. While still in the AIG’s office, a follow up call came from one Corporal Agu who said he had instruction from DSP Ekong to collect the fifty thousand Naira balance and he was already waiting at Watt Market.
The AIG then marked twenty four thousand naira (N24,000) himself and gave it as part of the balance to be handed to DSP Ekong and also put detectives on the trail of Ekong and his accomplices.
The money was eventually delivered to Corporal Agu and soon after the detectives swooped on him and arrested him with the balance in his pocket.
Ekong was subsequently picked up from his bit along with others who participated in the ‘racket’ and CrossRiverWatch has reliably gathered that the AIG has ordered an orderly room trial and dismissal of the affected policemen if found guilty.
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