Letter To Governor Ben Ayada By Okoi Obono-Obla
Senator, Professor Ben Ayade
Governor of Cross River State of Nigeria
Hope Waddel Avenue
Calabar, Cross River State of Nigeria
PETITION AGAINST CONDUCT UNBECOMING OF MR. MARTIN ORIM, CHIEF OF STAFF TO GOVERNOR OF CROSS RIVER STATE OF NIGERIA ARISING OUT OF HIS USE OF MOBILE POLICE OFFICERS ATTACHED TO HIM TO UNLEASHED TERROR; ASSAULT; BATTERY AND VIOLATING THE FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS OF CITIZENS-PRINCE JEREMIAH ASHANG AND PAUL UGIAN RESPECTIVELY ON THE 18TH JULY 2015 AT GAMIC HOTEL, OBUDU, CROSS RIVER STATE
We are Solicitors to Prince Jeremiah Ashang of the Federal College of Education, Obudu, Cross River State, and Paul Ugian, respectively hereafter referred to as ‘Our Clients’.
We have the instruction of our Clients to make this representation to you about the egregious acts of dehumanization and violations of the fundamental rights of our Clients secured and guaranteed under Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended); African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, 2010, and other international covenants on Human Rights which Nigeria is a signatory to, on our hapless Clients by Martin Orim in confederacy with Corporals Yohanna Dabo and Illiya Abass of Mobile Police Force Squadron 11, Calabar, Cross River State, and one Peter Akpanke of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on the 18th July, 2015, at Gamic Hotel, Obudu, Cross River State.
The unremitting assault, battery, false imprisonment and dehumanization perpetrated by Martin Orim in confederacy with Corporals Yohanna Dabo and Illiya Abass and Peter Akpanke was unjustifiable because our Clients did not do anything to them to incur the wrath of Martin Orim, who is the Chief of Staff to the Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State.
Assuming (without conceding) that our Clients did anything wrong, Martin Orim; Corporals Yohanna Dabo & Illiya Abass; and Peter Akpanke are not entitled to take the law into their hands by assaulting; restraining the right to freedom and personal liberty of our Clients and or infringing on the dignity of our Clients.
Martin Orim together with his cohorts set out to intimidate, hound, humiliate and abuse the human rights of our Clients in such brazen manner because he wanted to show our Clients that he is a powerful person because he is the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Cross River State.
Martin Orim in a blatant display of arrogance and show of power ordered Corporals Yohanna Dabo and Illiya Abass who are Mobile Police Officers attached to him to descend and pounce on our Clients after a row broke out among them.
Corporals Yohanna Dabo and Illiya Abass aided by Peter Akpanke, who is an official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Port Harcourt, on the orders of Martin Orim brutalized and dehumanised our Clients by beating them with gun butts, shackling them, restraining their liberty and stripping them naked.
Martin Orim inebriated by his position as Chief of Staff further ordered Corporals Yohanna Dabo and Illiya Abass to shoot at our Clients (which they did) but luckily our Clients were not hurt by the shooting.
We make bold to submit that the riotous, undisciplined, rumbustious, loud, rudely and boisterous behaviour and conduct of Mr. Orim is outrageous, unbecoming and an insult and dent to the exalted office of The Governor of Cross River State of Nigeria in view of the pre-eminence, prestige and hierarchy the Office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Cross River State has in the organograms of the Government of Cross River State of Nigeria.
In the light of the above of the above, our Clients humbly pray His Excellency thus:
- Direct the Commissioner of Police, Cross River State, to investigate the role played by Martin Orim; Peter Akpanke; Corporals Yohanna Dabo and Illiya Abass in the false imprisonment; assault and battery, attempted murder of our Clients;
- Direct the immediate suspension from office Mr. Martin Orim as Chief of Staff to The Governor of Cross River State pending investigation of this matter.
Chief Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla