by Akan Ido
A Commissioner of Police in Charge of Police Pensions Office at the Force Headquarters in Abuja has reportedly instigated the arrest and detention of his neighbour, Chukwujindu Aligbe for breeding dogs and other animals.
Aligbe, 67, a retired civil servant was said to have been locked up by the police boss for two days before getting some sort of reprieve through his church members.
In the First Information (FIR) obtained from Maraba Area Court dated August 28, 2014, the incident was recorded as “Criminal conspiracy, disturbance of public peace and making atmosphere nuisance to health”.
The FIR indicated that Aligbe, who is a retired civil servant and an elder in the Foursquare Gospel Mission, Asokoro, was accused by the CP of breeding about 40 dogs, monkeys and other wild animals.
Read the Tribune report below:
The FIR read: “On August 27, 2014, at about 7.30am, the Commissioner of Police in Charge of Police Pensions Office FHQ Abuja, a resident at Hill Top Estate Mararaba, reported to the DPO Mararaba ‘A’ Division that for over four years now, that you, Chukwujindu Aligbe of the same address breading almost 40 dogs, monkeys and other dangerous and wild animals in your dwelling of residential house for commercial purposes.
“And being his neighbour at the above address, conspired with your wife, name not known, and the rest members of your family, to keep these animals in such a way that they constantly bark, make all sorts of noise and pass faeces within your premises, which only demarcated from his own by only dwarf wall, which is quit disturbing and noxious to his health and that of his family members of which all efforts to advise you to relocate the dogs proved abortive”.
“You thereby committed offences contrary to section 97,113 and 192 respectively of the Penal Code law as suggested”, the FIR stated.
However, speaking on the matter, the Resident Pastor, Foursquare Gospel Church, Asokoro, Rev. Julius Msheliza, said that, “The accused is a member and an elder in my church, which makes me interested in the case since I have to look after the flock God has placed under my care.
“The case is still in court. We, therefore, wait to see what the final outcome will be. The final outcome will decide whether we will be satisfied or not.
So, at this moment, we are still waiting what the conclusion will be.
“I was disappointed the way he was arrested because I was in court when the whole issue started. He was accused of keeping dogs in his house and I don’t know when keeping has become a criminal case, and within 15 minutes, he was thrown into Keffi Prison. To me that is not right”.
“My expectation is that the rule of law should prevail and the right thing should be done.
“If a member of my congregation is found liable, then let the court take its full course but if the person is falsely or wrongfully accused, the accuser should be held accountable or reprimanded for accusing an innocent person”, he stated.