The Assistant Inspector General of Police in Charge of Zone Two, Joseph Mbu, has been accused of telling lies over the alleged torture and illegal detention of the Managing Director of Kafisto Oil and Gas Ltd., Mr Uwem Antia and his business partner, Alhaji Suleiman Yerima by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and policemen under the zone two command led by DSP Ibrahim Dantoro.
Yerima maintained that they were tortured, beaten and detained for 80 days illegally by EFCC and policemen under the command of AIG Mbu.
He also insisted that the foreign exchange business deal for which they were being persecuted was legitimate and in order.
Alhaji Yerima who spoke with The Nation in Abuja said he stands by his allegations against the EFCC and AIG Mbu as he released to the public the photograph of Antia who was also tortured, beaten and had his leg broken by police operatives.
He said amputation of the leg of Antia is being contemplated by the Hospital for now.
However, EFCC Spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren maintained the position of the anti-graft agency, insisting that it “amounted to tissue of lies from the pit of hell that EFCC tortured accuse persons”.
Uwujaren said: “EFCC does not have any torture chamber anywhere in the country.
“I have told you that EFCC has nothing to do with the alleged torture of Antia, or Suleiman Yerima, if you choose to believe what they are alleging, well, I don’t have any thing else to say.
However, if their alleged torture was from somewhere else, I dont know, but certainly not from us. There is no iota of truth in it.”
AIG Mbu had also at a news conference in Lagos denied that his men tortured any accused persons. He described the allegation as false and mischievously concocted by the suspects with a view to fraustrate the ongoing investigations into their serial crimes.
AIG alleged that the officer in charge of the investigation, Ibrahim Dantoro was offered 50 million bribe to truncate the case, but he refused and informed the command about it.
But Suleiman Yerima said AIG Mbu was being economical with the truth, saying that as a well trained police officer, if an accused person offered a bribe, the appropriate thing to do was for the police to set up the accuse, collect the bribe and use it as evidence against the accused person.
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