Fiery human rights lawyer, Mr. Maxwell Opara has demanded the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba over his description of embattled Prof. Zainab Duke Abiola as “an Mbaise born Professor/Activist.”
In a letter made available to CITY LAWYER and signed by Nnenna Maxwell Opara, the senior lawyer, who was described as “an illustrious son of Mbaise in Imo State, who for purposes of this protestation acts for himself and on behalf of the Concerned Mbaise Indigenes Worldwide,” carpeted the “very bizarre press statement.”
The letter noted that “It is the grievance of our client that they had closely followed the other press statements of the Nigerian Police Force when other persons of other ethnic origins allegedly committed crimes; you never at any time mentioned their places of origin. In other words, it is a newly devised and preposterous antics aimed at defaming the indigenes of Mbaise, Imo state and accordingly aimed at causing division and creating parochial sentiments capable of polarizing Nigeria along ethnic persuasion rather than a sense of national unity which the Police Force should promote.”
Opara demanded that the Inspector General of Police should “Immediately release another press statement wherein you are to, on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force, apologize to the Mbaise People of Imo State.”
He also asked the police helmsman “To resign from your position as the Inspector General of Police for your gross misconduct and violation of the constitution.”
The activist-lawyer warned the IGP that “if at the expiration of one week from the date of receipt of this letter, you fail and/or neglect to comply with the above demands and resign honorably for this your gross misconduct and violation of the constitution, we shall invoke our next instruction to institute a class action against you and the Nigeria Police Force for defamation of the reputation of the good people of Mbaise, Imo State, South East of Nigeria.”
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