Francis Odesanya, the Rivers State commissioner of police, is under fire for his alleged role in the unsuccessful arrest of a judge of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, in the early hours of Saturday, October 8, 2016.
The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike interrupted the planned abduction of a federal high court judge in Port Harcourt at midnight on Saturday.
According to a statement by Wike’s media aide, the police commissioner joined the DSS agents on the operation in which operatives of the secret police threatened to shoot the governor, manhandled him and injured his hand.
A highly-placed source speaking with Punch on condition of anonymity, on Sunday, October 9, 2016 said that preliminary report had shown that Odesanya prevented the security agencies from carrying out a legitimate order.
There are speculations that the Muhammadu Buhari government is planning to sanction Odesanya through the Police Service Commission.
Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr Francis Odesanya (,in red) in front of number 35 Forces Avenue after a failed attempt by the police to abduct a Federal High Court judge by 1am on saturday 8th October, 2016.
“The Rivers Commissioner of Police will be dealt with appropriately. It has been established that the DSS officials who were at the judge’s residence had with them duly signed search and arrest warrants,” the unnamed source told the newspaper.
“By stopping the security agents from doing their work, what he did was to obstruct justice. He stopped those people from carrying out a legitimate order.
“He will be sanctioned accordingly.” He, however, did not disclose the kind of punishment to be meted out to him.
Nnamdi Omoni, the spokesperson for the Rivers State Police Command, told journalists that policemen were only at the judge’s residence to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order.