Amah Baldwin, Enugu
The Zonal Vice chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Enugu-East senatorial zone, Chief Anike Nwoga has been quizzed by the police following a petition against him bothering on alleged character defamation.
The APC governorship candidate in the April 11 election in the state, Okey Ezea had petitioned the police, accusing Nwoga of making unguarded defamatory comments about him. According to Ezea, Nwoga alleged that the over N400 million campaign funds sent to the state were misappropriated by Ezea and other party officers.
The police also invited the Correspondent of Daily Independent Newspapers in Enugu, Emmanuel Nzomiwu over his report on the said “misappropriated” money.
However, it took the timely intervention of some journalists in the state as well as the spokesman of the police in the state, DSP Ebere Amaraizu to get the reporter out of a possible detention.
Ezea in the petition asked the police to in addition to arresting Nwoga to also prevail on him to prove the alleged misappropriation of funds. He also threatened to initiate legal action should the police fail to get to the truth of the matter.
Nwoga was to inform newsmen later that he was invited by the state police command to defend himself based on the petition by Ezea. “I got a call when I was away that policemen besieged my house, but when they couldn’t see me, they dropped an invitation letter. Immediately I returned, as a law abiding citizen, I had to go to the police.
As I speak with you, am making statement at the State CID,” he said. Asked if he was being detained, Nwoga said he was not sure of what would be the next line of action until he was through with the statement, adding however that “you know once you are through with statement, you must be bailed. But, at the moment, the policemen here are so friendly and I hope it continues after the statement”.
Actually, his friends and party colleagues later visited him at the station and was accordingly released on bail but was asked to return the next day. Anike Nwoga, wondered why Ezea should resort to the police instead of the court of law. Said he: “if he feels aggrieved, we have the law courts. Let him take the case to the court”.
The party has suffered crisis since April following accusations that Ezea and the party chairman, Ben Nwoye of pocketing election funds sent to the state from the party’s National headquarters. They attributed the party’s poor showing in all the elections in the state to the refusal of the duo to spend the funds where necessary, a situation that had generated loss of confidence in the party.