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Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba has opted to wade into the alleged treason charge brought against former Imo State Governor Emeka Ihedioha and two others.
The Eastern Updaes reports that Ihedioha, alongside his erstwhile deputy, Gerald Irona, as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives member-elect, Ikenga Imo, was summoned last Monday by the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of Imo State Police Command for alleged kidnap, murder, and arson.
But the former governor wrote the police command, demanding that his summons by the SIB be shifted till Tuesday, after the House of Assembly election.
The Eastern Updates gathered that top personalities in the country used the window provided by the extension of time to appeal to the police boss to intervene in the matter.
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Sources close to the command told reporters that the case had been transferred to the Force Headquarters in Abuja on the instruction of the IGP.
‘The case has been transferred to the Force Headquarters on the order of the IGP. So, the case is now with Abuja,’ the source said.
Imo police command’s spokesman Henry Okoye, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), confirmed the development.
“The case has been taken over by the Force Headquarters,” he said.
Okoye added: “They wrote to us, requesting that the invitation be differed till Tuesday after the elections. The new date is now Tuesday.”
However, Ihedioha, who was remanded at Owerri Prison custody following his arraignment by the police before at an Owerri Magistrates’ Court on a three-count charge bordering on alleged treason, was released by a Federal High Court in Abuja.