CONTRARY to claims by the Nigeria Police Force that it has returned the criminal case file of ‎self acclaimed General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria who was sacked by the leadership of the church, Rev Paul Emeka, to the federal ministry of justice for prosecution, the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mohammed Etsu, is yet to receive the case file. The Criminal Case File with charge no: CR/1081/2015 COP VS Professor Paul Emeka had been fully investigated by the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit and the accused allegedly confessed during investigation that the purported professorial certificate from the University of Derby in England was forged. The Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi State, Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, who was a former Commissioner of Police IG Monitoring Unit headed the team that investigated the forgery case and sources confirmed that the accused confessed to the crime and even wrote it boldy on a piece of paper. “I, Rev Paul Emeka, forged the said proffesorial certificate”, which is together with the case file. Other members of the team that took part in the investigation include CSP Tapida Bako, DSP Victor C Nwadike and Inspector Isaac Fyneboy Sources at the Legal Department of the Nigerian Police Force in Abuja revealed that part of the recommendation of the Former Commissioner Of Police Legal Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu was for the Police to charge the accused to court for Forgery. A Source at the Nigerian Police Force Headquarters in Abuja clearly stated that a former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, compromised in the case which gave a lot of senior officers the go ahead to treat the case with disdain. When contacted, Ibekwe stated that the police as an institution is headed by the commissioner of police and that nothing happens without the knowledge of the inspector general of police. “I am no longer competent to speak on the matter because I have ceased to occupy the office of the Commissioner of Police IGP Monitoring Unit,” she told our correspondent on telephone Nigerian Pilot recalled that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN, on August 30 took over the prosecution of the case for the interest of justice from the Incorporated Trustees of the Assemblies of God Nigeria. The immediate past Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Saidu Diri, in a letter dated June 18 addressed to the IGP through the Commissioner of Police IG monitoring unit requested the police to handover the original case file with charge No. CR/1081/2015‎ COP Vs Proffessor Paul Emeka back to the Minister of Justice and Attorney of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, for prosecution. At the last adjourned date of the matter on Monday, September 19, the DPP failed to send a Legal representative because of the inability of the legal Department of the Nigerian police Force and the Commissioner of Police incharge of IGP monitoring Unit who investigated the matter to produce the case file.
It was learnt that even the letter sent by the former DPP requesting for the case file had been kept under the carpet somewhere. Sources close to Etsu confirmed that the police is yet to forward the original case file to the DPP Efforts to contact the director, DPP, proved abortive as his line was not going through. As of the time of filling this report, the case file was in custody of a Chief Supritendent of Police, CSP, who investigated the matter at the force headquarters in Abuja. The Upper Area Court had on Monday adjourned the case till Friday, September 23 in order to hear from the AGF before ruling on the application for stay of proceeding brought by counsel to the accused. But a source at the ministry of justice revealed that since the AGF has taken over the prosecution of the case, as all that had happened at the Upper Area Court are now null and void. The source further stated that once the AGF gets the original case file from the police, he can re-institute the matter at the Federal High Court.