Judges Arrest Rivers Police boss in trouble for 'helping' Wike stop judge's arrest

Despite having a "duly signed search and arrest warrants," the DSS operatives were stopped by the police from arresting the judge.

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The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mr Francis Odesanya, is reportedly facing sanction for aiding the aborted arrest of a judge in Port Harcourt.

According to Punch, Odesanya, over the weekend, allegedly helped the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to stop the operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) from arresting the judge, who was accused of corruption.

Wike was said to  have rushed to the official residence of the judge at No. 35, Forces Avenue, the GRA and in a confrontational manner prevented the DSS officers from taking the judge away, report said.

The Governor was said to have been joined at the scene by Odesanya, who allegedly further made it impossible for DSS officials to carry out a legitimate order.

Following the incident, the newspaper, citing a highly-placed source, said the police authorities will sanction the Commissioner.

The source, however, did not specify the kind of punishment that might be meted out to the Commissioner.

"The Rivers Commissioner of Police will be dealt with appropriately. It has been established that the DSS officials who were at the judge’s residence had with them duly signed search and arrest warrants," the source said.

"By stopping the security agents from doing their work, what he did was to obstruct justice. He stopped those people from carrying out a legitimate order.

"He will be sanctioned accordingly."

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Although the Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, had claimed that policemen were only at the scene to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order.

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