History they say, has Nemesis for every misdeed. The fall from grace of the retired Police DIG, Michael Anthony Ogbizi, of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Abuja, is not unconnected to his historical accounts of misconducts and highhandedness while chairing the investigations unit of the Nigerian Police Force(NPF).
Ogbizi reportedly took a walk of Shame to retirement after he was caught in a Birth Certificate forgery scandal before his retirement age is due, as Sahara Reporters rightly put in the findings of its investigative report of Thursday, February 11, 2021.
According to the report, top police sources confirmed that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had an agreement with Ogbizi to allow him “resign quietly” instead of prosecuting him for the forgery.
But then again, forgery for the retired DIG Ogbizi has overtime been a preexisting condition as it did not only start from Birth Certificate but also continued in his call to duty, leading to his disgraceful ouster from the Force.
Prior to Sahara Reporters publication on Ogbizi, George Uboh TV had on good reports from a Whistleblower at the Abuja Federal High Court, reported on February 10,2021, of how the Rtd DIG allegedly received bribe in monies worth alongside a retired Chief Judge of the Abuja Federal High Court, from the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele in order to detain and convict the Chairman of the Whistleblowers Network(GUWN).
Recall that, Dr. George Uboh, Chairman, George Uboh Whistleblowers Network (GUWN), is currently standing trial on a case of defamation of character initiated by Emefiele after being detained for 101 Days at the Force CID headquarters on the orders of Ogbizi and by extension Emefiele.
Perhaps! Retired DIG Ogbizi while reproaching Dr. Uboh, was shortsighted to have foreseen the Nemesis that was set to overtake him, cutting short his policing and public service career.
Progressive revelations on the questionable character and conducts of the person of the retired DIG Ogbizi as evidenced by facts and documents, has led to his petitioning at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
On February 2,2021, the CCB acknowledged receipt of Dr. Uboh petition on the Rtd DIG over “OWNING AND OPERATING HOTELS WHILE A SITTING DIG OF POLICE IN VIOLATION OF CCB ACT”.
In the petition the retired DIG is alleged to own and operate Hotel 45, situated at No.45 Ogbizi Street, Calabar, Cross-River State and another Hotel 45, situated at No.1, Etomi Road, Ikom, Cross-River State, among others while serving as a police officer, for which he allegedly failed to declare to the CCB in his form.
The retired DIG, who hails from Bebuabung village in Obudu, Cross River State, had been appointed DIG in 2019 when Adamu also became the Acting IGP.
Other infractions committed by the DIG as shown by the SaharaReporters February 11, publication is said to include a March 26, 2020, report of two civil society organisations in Nigeria, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) and the Social Intervention Advocacy Foundation(SIAF) asked the IGP to investigate Ogbizi over allegations of corruption, abuse of power, and gross misconduct.
In a joint statement signed by Okechukwu Nwanguma for (RULAAC) and Segun Awosanya for (SIAF), the groups said they were concerned that Ogbizi unduly interfered in cases reported to the police, derailing and compromising investigations for pecuniary gains. They alleged that the police chief perverted the course of justice.
Citing an example, the groups said Ogbizi sided with the wealthy and powerful in his investigation of cases.
“One recent case concerns a petition addressed to the AIG, Force CID Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi Lagos, by a distraught 70-year-old woman from Enugu State, who through her son, Ekene Nwatu, based in Lagos, petitioned against one Emeka Nwatu, a wealthy and influential politician from the same family in Agbani, Enugu State.
“They informed the AIG FCID, Alagbon, that Emeka pulls the weight of his wealth and political influence to constantly intimidate, harass and assault the old woman, using thugs recruited by himself in a bid to throw her out of her late husband’s family compound.
“However, upon learning about the petition against him at Alagbon, Emeka travelled to the Force Headquarters, Abuja where he met with DIG Michael A. Ogbizi, following which, the DIG ordered the release of two arrested suspects (who were Emeka Nwatu’s thugs) the same day they were brought to Alagbon and hastily ordered the Alagbon FCID to transfer the case to his office in Abuja.
“Indications later showed that there were plans to twist the case and turn the victims/complainants to the accused in a bid to further victimise them.”
It is not clear whether the police authorities have acted on the petition or not.
Be that as it may, “the fates are just, they give us but our own, Nemesis ripens what our hands have sown”(John Greenleaf Whittier).