The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, might have thought his role in the prevention of the arrest of a Federal High Court Judge in Rivers State in the early hours of Saturday morning had gone unnoticed since all attention was focused on the actions of Governor Wike. It is only a commonsensical line of reasoning as Governor Wike was at the forefront of the battle against the DSS from arresting the Judge. Now, the limelight seem to have turned on the Commissioner of Police Mr. Francis Odesanya as he is to be sanctioned for aiding Governor Wike in preventing the arrest of the Federal High Court Judge according to reports from Punch.
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, was said to have rushed to No. 35, Forces Avenue, the GRA official residence of the judge and prevented operatives of the Department of State Services from arresting the judge.
Wike, who was said to have had a confrontation with the DSS officials, was said to have been joined at the scene by the police commissioner.
A preliminary report had shown that Odesanya prevented the security agencies from carrying out a legitimate order, Punch reported.
Based on the report, the police authorities as well as the Police Service Commission would sanction the police boss. However,the kind of punishment to be meted out to him was not disclosed.
According to Punch, “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.
“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.”
The Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, had told journalists that policemen were only at the judge’s residence to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order.
It was also learnt on Sunday that no fewer than 15 judges across the country were under investigation by the DSS.
It was gathered that the DSS was investigating the judges based on various petitions, which accused them of corruption.
A top Federal Government official, who confided in our correspondent on Sunday, said the 15 judges included seven that were arrested on Friday and Saturday.
We say: Only time will tell…