Aide to the project director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Jaro Egbo, is in trouble following his alleged refusal of court service on him in his Abuja residence.
Egbo was slammed with a N3bn suit by a pro-Buhari Ex-militant leader, Eshanekpe Israel, a.k.a Akpodoro, over allegation of defamation of character via a publication on a whatsaap group chat some times ago, a development that is allegedly rattling him beyond comprehension.
In the suit coming up in January 11, 2018 for hearing in an Abuja High Court, Akpodoro is demanding N2bn for general damages and N1bn for character defamation from the NDDC director’s aide.
According to reports made available to Emeraldng.com, the court baillif had gone to serve Egbo via alternative summons as he had earlier refused service on December 8, 2017 at his Kopa Kobana Estate. On getting to his Apo house in Abuja, his security reportedly told the baillif, Isa Abubakar, that his boss was not at home.
To satisfy his curiosity, Abubakar was said to have called Egbo’s phone number made available to him. Egbo, according to Abubakar, bullied him as he introduced himself as a bailiff on a mission to serve him court papers: “Mr. Egbo bullied me, cursing; you are mad!”
At this point, Isa, who was on the spot with them, explained what transpired as his gate man after picking a call from his boss, allegedly became hostile to the visitor, saying: “My oga said I should drive you away. So, leave here now before it’s too late.”
Emeraldng.com further gathered that the court had to report the case to the nearby Apo police station, which was said to have allegedly deployed a truck of policemen as escorts for the baillif days after to enable him paste the court papers on Egbo’s gate as demanded by the court.
Consequent upon the successful service, Egbo allegedly approached the police as claimed by one ASP who simply identified himself as Idowu from the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Team to hound Akpodoro into custody to possibly force him to drop the case which legal experts see as a “very bad case” against him.
Idowu, apart from inviting Akpodoro’s police aides, sent him an invitation letter stating that Egbo petitioned the police against him.”
Lamenting the ugly trend, Akpodoro said the police was becoming the attack dog for Egbo who stands accused of severely defaming his character.
He stated: “Egbo published on Whatsaap group chat that I am wanted for criminal and sundry crimes by security agencies, rather than coming to show proof, he ran to the police to stop me from driving home my case against him and Idowu is handy here.
“I am sure that serial liar must have misinformed the police causing them to harass an innocent man like me. The President Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC is a government I fought tooth and nail to bring on board in the Niger Delta region while Egbo who today forms a ring of beneficiaries of the APC contested primary election in 2014 under the PDP platform against APC faithful and has not renounced his PDP membership till date.
“Egbo and his Sam Adjogbe are only fighting a lost battle because they must tell the world when and where I was declared wanted for criminal activities, including armed robbery. He came begging twice and I refused his entreaties because I believe in the rule of law and he must bear the weight of the law.”
When Emeraldng.com contacted Egbo to hear his part of the story, Egbo refused to speak on the issue.
Rather than explain his part of the matter, he said: “I will send you a number from the police headquarters, ask him about Israel Akpodoro.”
But when pressed to say his part rather than the police speaking for him, he said: “No, I don’t want to tell you anything, Akpodoro has been declared wanted and they are looking for him. They have been able to trace his house, he is a blackmailer.”
The police officer whose number he forwarded to Emeraldng.com, Supol Sunday Idowu of IGP monitoring team, when also contacted, declined to comment, rather he directed our reporter to the Force spokesman, saying he is not authorised to speak.
“No, I’m not the police spokesman. I’m not permitted to speak to the press. I’m in Abuja. You can go to the Force PRO. First and foremost, Egbo didn’t even contact me. Is that how it is done? Please, ask him to call me,” he said.
But when Egbo was later informed of the development from the police, Egbo refused to pick calls neither did he respond to text messages sent to his phone.