There are indications that a former lawmaker Sen. Ikechukwu Obiora has gone underground following order issued Wednesday night by the Inspector General of Police, Abukakar Idris for his arrest over the alleged destruction of properties belonging to the oldest surviving newspapers the country, Daily Times.
Over 30 Officers and Men from the Force Headquarters who stormed his Asokoro Abuja residence Thursday morning to effect the arrest where told by security men in the house that he was not in town.
Sources however revealed that Sen. Obiorah was earlier tipped off by a mole within the IGP’s office of the arrest order, hence he sneaked out of the house before the Officers arrived.
The order by the IGP to arrest Ikechukwu Obiora followed his alleged fraudulent activities with his cohorts, Adewumi Ogunsanya (the DSTV boss) over attempt to acquire properties belonging to Daily Times and the illegal use of police action to arrest the Publisher Mr. Fidelis Anosike, the Group Managing Director, Barr. Noel Anosike, some management and line staff of Daily Times who were detained for seven days and were denied bail by a Magistrate Court in Mpape, a suburb of Abuja.
After invading the Abuja office of Daily Times, Ikechukwu Obiora had also led Police men to their Lagos office which they ransacked, carted away documents and equipments including computers, laptops, cameras, phones, air-conditioners and generating sets, among others.
Daily Times management had therefore written petitions to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Chief Justice of the Nigerian and the IGP.
In the petition which was signed by Fidelis Anosike and Noel Anosike and widely reported in the media, the duo alleged abuse of powers and intimidation by Ikechukwu Obiora who colluded with Police Officers to humiliate and embarrass them. According to them those involved include DIG Hyacinth Dagala of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), ACP Njoku, SP Elizabeth Ezeh and ASP Yakubu Hankari.
According to Police sources, before ordering for the arrest of Ikechukwu Obiora, the IGP expressed shock that DIG Dagala could arrest, detain and arraign Daily Times Publisher and his staff without briefing him on the matter even as the First Information Report of the case reads IGP of Police Versus Anosike Obiora and others. The IGP was also said have ordered full investigation of the roles played by the Police officers and men involved in the matter.