Tales Of My 117 Days Incarceration, Attempted Murder, Sack From UNICAL BY JOSEPH ODOK

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My persecution began on October 21st 2016 when my car was confiscated by the order of an Cross River State Mobile Court. The Federal Road Safety in conspiracy with the Cross River State Government became an extortionist organ with Mobile Court’s set everywhere in Cross River State to generate money for the Government. I had my complete documents, a Police extract and affidavit of loss of my driver’s license and my up to date vehicle particulars but the Mobile Court violated my rights by ordering that my car to be impounded. I sought for a legal action but was called for an out of Court settlement by the Martin Orim, the Chief of Staff to the Cross River State Government. Through Goddy Akpama, Martin Orim gave me two fifty thousand naira for an out of Court settlement and promised me more benefits if I decamp to PDP and work for Ayade. I refused to decamp and accepted only the out of Court settlement to stop the legal battle for the illegal impoundment of my car. It was there my problem began.

On April 2017 I received two quarries from the University of Calabar which I replied immediately and handed acknowledged copies of same to Mr. Moses Abang, the then Registrar of the University of Calabar by hand. Shockingly I received a letter of suspension from the University on falsehood that I did not reply my quarries. I wrote back to the University furnishings them with copies of the acknowledged replies to my queries but the University refused to set aside the unwarranted suspension. After my assassination attempt I was recalled back on September 2017 with strict warning that I should still be placed on half salary. My appointment was letter terminated on 12th November 2019. The grounds for the termination of my appointment as contained in my letter was not coming from a Disciplinary Committee, after furnishing the University with a Police report advising me not to go to Calabar. I wrote to the university furnishing her with the said Police report and advise. I even wrote a conditional resignation as an alternative instead risking my life due to security threats to my life.

On May 20th 2017, Prof. Zana Akpagu the Vice Chancellor framed allegations of inciting the public against the University and acquiring arms and ammunitions to bomb the University of Calabar. The Deputy Security Officer of the University of Calabar invited me to the waiting hands men from the Nigerian Police Headquarters, Diamond Hill Calabar Command. I was given a notice of search warrant and taken to my house for a search. No incriminating weapon was found but the Police detained me illegally for two days on the instructions of the Vice Chancellor University of Calabar.

On the 4th of September 2017, an assassination attack was carried out against me. The DG Cross River State Homeland Security, Raphael Odu and his girlfriend Patience Odey were caught up at the scene of crime and were arrested by the men of DSS Cross River Command. Preliminary investigations was carried out and the suspects handed to the Cross River State Police Command. The Cross River State Police Command compromised and killed the case after releasing the suspect. Through Barr. Victor Okangbe I petitioned to the Cross River State Police Command and called for the transfer of the case to Abuja. The Inspector of Police graciously granted my request and suspects and case file were transferred to Abuja. Though investigations by the Police have been annoyingly slow, a warrant of arrest have been issued to the Martin Orim the Chief of Staff to Cross River State Government, Barr Joe Abang Cross River State former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zana Akpagu the Vice Chancellor University of Calabar and one Chris Abang. The Secretary to the State Government Barr. Tina Banku Agbor and Jude Ngaji the former State Security Adviser to Cross River State have reported to the Force Headquarters and given statement. All suspects that were arrested have been granted bail by the Police.

Sometime in September 2019 my wife and my son who was eleven months then were arrested by men from the Nigerian Police Force, Iddo Police Station Abuja. The arrest was orchestrated by a complain from my wife office spearheaded by the Chairman National Association of Academics Technology Mr. Sulieman. I went to the Police to rescue my wife and I was arrested too. My wife and baby were arrested about 9am and we were all bailed bailed at night at about 9pm. We were told to come back and I was taken to the Court on the next visit day on allegations of inciting public disturbance. Immediately I saw the charge I suspected the hand of either the Cross River State Government or the Vice Chancellor University of Calabar. I was granted bail by the Court but the Police never gave me opportunity to perfect my bail and the bail was perfected the next day. While in Calabar prison, the Senior Intelligence Prison Officer informed me that arrangements were in process to transfer me from Abuja prison to Calabar prison but not for my wife’s swiftness to perfect my bail.

The National Association of Academic Technology had conducted a productivity test and demoted my wife from Admin Officer to a Clerical Staff. This did not go well with me because according to my wife’s employment letter appointment she was deemed to have been confirmed after spending 6 years in service. Besides she was interviewed before employment, there was no need for demotion since she was interviewed before employment. Also her appointment letter specified that confirmation of her appointment was to take effect after two years. I had written to inform that NAAT that I will take a legal and media step if their decision to demote my wife was not reversed in a private text. It was my text that informed my first arrest and incarceration on frivolous charge of inciting public disturbance. While in Calabar prison NAAT continued to issue quarries to my wife and I was forced to ask my wife to resign her employment with NAAT for her security.

On the 26th of September 2019 my wife went for work and was arrested again by men from Iddo Police command. My wife called and told me and I went to rescue her to the waiting hands men from the Cross River State Police Command. I was given a warrant for my arrest on charges of Terrorism, Treason and Treasonable Felony. I was taken to SARS office and suffered inhuman treatment were I slept in the same cell with the suspected kidnapper Wadume from Taraba State. The next morning I was driven by road to Calabar.

While in the Anti Kidnaping/Cultism Unit Cross River State Police Command, I responded to petitions bothering on allegations of Terrorism, Treason and Treasonable Felony, Rape, Cultism and attempt to topple the Cross River State Government. My complainant is Martin Orim, the Chief of Staff to Cross River State Government.

A killer cultists General Iron who enjoys amnesty from the Cross River State Government had walleyed one Mathais Bankong alongside some women of my Ogep Osokom Community in Boki LGA. He demanded for four heads Ogep Osikom youths or a five days ultimatum for full blown war with my community. There was great pandemonium in my community with many fleeing the village. I wrote an article and posted on my Facebook page calling on the Chief of Staff to call his PDP cult brother General Iron to order. My article on Facebook became the basis for my charge on Terrorism, my posting it on Facebook became the reason for the allegations on cybercrime that made me spend 117 days in both Police station and prison custody.

While in Police custody Prof. Zana the Vice Chancellor University of Calabar issued the Calabar prison a production warrant and I was taken twice to Court in a bit to commit me to prison for contempt of Court. During the period of his intimidating me, I have petitioned him to several relevant agencies and published same on my Facebook page. He got desperate to shut me down that he got a Court order barring me from writing any thing about him. His desperation made him to issue a publication for substituted service on national dailies without serving me the order. No one beats a child unjustly and expect him/her to cry. I am eager to meet all suspect to my assassination in Court and pay the price of a failed democracy were Federal institutions are compromised to intimidate the poor.

Joseph Odok, Esq. writes from Abuja.

NOTE: Opinions expressed in this article are strictly attributable to the author, Joseph Odok and do not represent the opinion of CrossRiverWatch or any other organization the author works for/with.

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