RIVERS DPO IN ALLEGED N500 MILLION NAIRA DEAL
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Mini Okoro Police Station in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Olufunke Opayemi may have ran into trouble, following her alleged involvement in suspected illegal sale of properties put under her care by the order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
The property, valued at over N500million is identified as a heavy duty construction equipment, and was kept under the custody of the Mini Okoro Police Division as an exhibit.
The DPO has now been accused of having sold the property through auctioning, without court authorization.
Claimant of the property Evomec Services/Seven Energy, an oil and gas servicing firm through its lawyer, Theo Nkire has already petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), over the matter, alleging that the Mini Okoro Police Officer violated court process.
The company through its lawyer told the Brave Views that it discovered to his surprise that the containers in the Police Station have been broken open with equipments sold.
Investigations conducted by newsmen and confirmed by pictures show that 80 percent of the equipments have already been auctioned.
it should be noted that, the company had won the matter both at the Magistrate Court and the High Court and is now awaiting the outcome of the Appeal before getting of the sales of the containers.
Brave Views learnt that litigation over the properties had begun in 2013 between one Gelo Integrated Services and others against the IGP, Evomec Global /Seven Energy and others, during which the equipments were remanded in the custody of the Police.
When contacted on her mobile phone, the Mini Okoro DPO, Olufunke Opayemi said this:
“That matter is from force headquarters and it is not in my position to sell any exibit that belong to force headquarters. So, it’s better you call force PRO or PRO Rivers State Command”.
proding further, Mrs Olufunke Opayemi confirmed that:
“The only property for aunctioning that I know is the one from force headquarters and it is container”.
On his part, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO)Rivers State Command, Nnamdi Omoni said he was not aware of the matter, adding that he would speak on it as soon he is briefed on the details of the matter.