In what can be described as brazen display of impunity and misuse of power, the immediate past Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Usman Oyibe Jibrin, and his wife have been accused of attempting to forcefully take away the land, Plot No. 95, Gbazango Extension Scheme, Kubwa, measuring about 1500msq belonging to one Mr. Monsodi Lawrence, and upon his resistance, sending naval ratings to abduct and assassinate him.
Surprisingly, Mr. Lawrence was abducted right in front of the office of the Area Commander, Nigeria Police Force, Kubwa after he missed death by the whiskers. His bullet-ridden Pathfinder Jeep marked GWA 252 DR is still parked at the Nigeria Police Force Area Commander’s office, in Kubwa as at the time of filing this report.
Recalling his ordeal, Mr Lawrence said, “Precisely on April 4, 2016 the wife of former chief of naval staff, Mrs. Jibrin Oyibe Usman, threatened to send her stooges after me to deal with me. These threats were issued after I put a call to her concerning my piece of land, with the description: Plot no. 96 of about 15000m2 at Gbazango Extension scheme Kubwa, which she and her husband Admiral Jubrin Oyibe Usman asked their boys to fence without my knowledge and permission.
“Immediately after her threats, one naval officer, Ali Abdulsallam started sending me empty text messages and every attempt to get him to pick my calls failed.
Later on, one Dauda called me and threatened that he will get me that night. On April 8, 2016 at about 1pm, I received a call from the supervisor on site that some officers who refused to divulge their identity had stopped the workers at my site and threatened to hand cuff workers and carry them away.
“Coincidentally, the number my supervisor sent turned out to be the phone number of naval officer, Ali Abdulsallam, who has being sending me empty text messages. Ali Abdulsallam kept insisting that I should come to the site with my land documents despite my asking that we meet before a relevant authority; he kept insisting I come to the property with my document.
“I eventually agreed to meet with them at the site after I had laid an official complaint at Kubwa divisional police station and police patrol team dispatched to accompany me to the site and invite them to the station.”
At the station, both parties were told to state their case. According to Mr. Lawrence, he suddenly discovered he didn’t lock his car, and that his documents were in the vehicle, so he excused himself to go and lock the car. It was at this stage that one Okon JJ whispered to an armed naval rating to mark him.
He said shortly after he opened the car, and attempted to pick the documents, the armed naval rating ordered him to quietly pull out the vehicle but he challenged the rating that he was not about to drive out but to pick his documents, an action that angered the rating, who started shooting at the car severally.
The gunshots attracted policemen from the station, and before they could get to the scene of the incident, the ratings had bundled him into the Toyota Camry car, the lawyer, and attempted to abduct his staff too, but the second abduction was aborted by the police.
According to Lawrence, he was then driven to the Naval Quarters in Kubwa, but when they got to the gate, an argument ensued between the naval officers.
Some of them argued that they could not go on with their initial plan since his staff was not abducted along with him and that his staff would sing even if they were able to “settle” the police.
It was at this point that a call came from the Area Commander who asked them to immediately return with the victim.
They, therefore, moved the matter back to the Kubwa Police Station, but this time before the Area Commander’s office which was in the same premises.
According to police sources, the Area Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Arungwa ordered the lawyer and the naval rating who was directly involved to be locked up, while the car was towed to the police premises.
Contacted for comments, Okon JJ who was alleged to have given the order to the naval rating to shoot told our correspondent, “Let the Police call the people concerned.”
Ali Abdulsalam, however, warned our correspondent, “Don’t call this line again. Are you a uniform person?”
Several calls to the personal GSM number of the Area Commander were not answered. When a text message was eventually sent to him explaining to him the need to get his own side of the story, he however replied that he was in a meeting and would call back but never did, nor pick his calls again.
Investigations however revealed that the police in Kubwa arrested the lawyer after the kidnap/assassination attempt, but released him after taking his statement.
The detailed personnel to the former chief of naval staff refused to give his statement to the police so were thrown into the cell too. He was however released the next day being April 9, to a naval officer who came for him.
Mr Lawrence’s lawyer then wrote a petition to the present Chief of Naval Staff dated April 14, 2016, upon which the Provost on April 14, sent a senior naval officer to the Area Command, Kubwa to ascertain genuineness of the allegations.
The police are yet to invite the former chief of naval staff and his wife, Ali Abdulsallam, Okon JJ and Moses Kembi are yet to produce the gunman.
The Director of Information, Nigerian Navy, Chris Ezekobe, however told our reporter that he was unaware of the matter, but asked for the details to be sent to his email. He then assured he would get back to our reporter as he had sent the details of the matter to the Provost Marshal for action.
The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, FCT Command however said he could not speak on the matter until he gets clearance from the Commissioner of Police, CP.
Meanwhile, Mr Lawrence has called on the authorities and to the president to come to his rescue so that he can keep his land and his life.
“I am calling on all the relevant authorities as well as President Muhammadu Buhari to please come to my aid so that these people will leave my land and my life alone. It is all I have; they have several and have the means to acquire as many more as they may wish, so why will they want to kill me for just this one I have?”he cried.

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