A faction loyal to the embattled General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Nigeria, Rev. Paul Emeka, has raised the alarm that policemen from Zone 9 Umuahia, Abia state were deployed to arrest and intimate their members.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu state Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu when contacted , however, said he was not aware of the arrest at the House of God.
The angry parishioners pointed out that police operatives from Zone 9,
on Friday arrested Mr. Paul Okeleke, one of their drivers while hunting for other members of the faction.
The group, in a petition to the Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Zone 9, through their counsel, Godwin O. Ogbo Esq., described the action of police which is the 12th defendant in suit No. FHC/EN/CS37/2018 pending at the Federal High Court, Enugu, as “irresponsible and gross impunity.”
The petition reads: “We wish to state that this is definitely a case of interfering with judicial process which obviously results in contempt of the powers of FHC sitting in Enugu, especially where the IG of Police is a defendant in the suit.
“We are constrained to bring to your notice a purported investigation activity being undertaken by men from your command resulting in the arrest and detention of Mr. Paul Okeleke on Friday the 13 of April 2018 and an attempt to detain Toyota Hiace bus with registration No ISD 835 EF which is subject of litigation in the Federal High Court Enugu in Suit No. FHC/EN/CS37/2018 separately claimed in relief number 26 of the claim of the suit.”
The group called for the immediate release of Mr. Paul Okeleke pending the hearing and determination of the case in court.
They also want the AIG Zone 9 to stop interfering in Assemblies of God crisis which is already in court, saying: “Caution your subordinates to thread softly in matters pertaining to Assemblies of God Nigeria crisis as the matter is pending in various courts of the land.”