Police Disobeys Court, Allegedly Lays Siege To Marine Yard In Delta Community

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    By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
    The Police in Delta State have allegedly laid siege on a marine yard owned by Peterson Commercial Agency Limited in Opete Community,  Udu Local Government Area of Delta State, AUTHENTIC News Daily  reports.
    It was learnt that some Staff of the Company were allegedly arrested and beaten to stupor.
    Marine equipments worth several millions of Naira were allegedly damaged and looted.
    The Police led by the Area Commander in Burutu Area, ACP Marvelous led other Security Agents to carry out the alleged invasion in the company.
    The invasion which occurred on Saturday December 15 has left people of opete and otokutu worried over the alleged operation on a weekend even when a case between the company and Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON is still pending in  the Delta State High Court Otor-Udu,  in Udu Local Government Area.
    In a swift reaction, the Police Area Commander, ACP Marvellous said the action carried out was not an invasion but a directive from the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Khoutoun Idris through the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Anthony Michael Ogbizi for him to provide Security to AMCON Officials so as to gain access to the Company’s yard and its properties.
    A resident of the area, Efe Umukoro disclosed that the tension experienced by residents of the area following invasion of the company’s yard threw the Community into confusion.
    He stressed that they never expected that the police will embarked on the alleged invasion on a weekend adding that the marine company has been very responsible especially in carrying out its corporate social responsibility to the Community.
    According to him, “We are yet to recover from the shock of the Police invasion led by the Area Commander to our Community last weekend.
    “I want to believe that the way and manner in which the company was invaded is unconstitutional based on the fact that we are very much aware that a competent court of jurisdiction in Udu is still entertaining the matter that led to the invasion.”
    Another Community leader, Chief Victor Okpubeku argued that there was no moral justification for the action carried out by the Police and AMCON Officials when the Court has not granted the right to recover the properties in question.
    “We are taken aback by this illegal activities of police and AMCON Officials to the Company’s premises when we are convinced that the legal battle over the issue was still pending and even if AMCON wanted to recover the property, it should be prepared to take responsibility of both assets and liabilities accrued from the taken over.”
    Responding, the AMCON Spokesperson, Jerry Ogbonna said the corporation’s action was not targeted at Peterson Commercial Agency Limited but to recover the assets being kept in the premises Wilbros Nigeria Limited, a company that is indebted to AMCON.
    Meanwhile, the matter is coming at the Otor-Udu High Court in Udu Local Government Area.

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