The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Bala Nassarawa has been accused of illegally seizing a citizens Mercedes Benz car and gifted same to another individual who has no right over it.
Citizen Naif Hassan, in a petition to the Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase, a copy of which was seen by Abusidiqu accused the Police AIG of seizing the Mercedez Benz C350, Registration No.NSR 144 AE and gifted it to a female friend of the FCT Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu.
Narrating how the incident occurred, Hassan said a colleague of his from whom he purchased the car alongside two other police officers allegedly on the instruction of one Assistant Commissioner of police, Babangida had on the 7th of March prevailed on him to present the car at the Zone 3 police Station for assessment, a directive he acceded to only to be told to leave the car till the 9th of March before he can take possession of it.
Hassan said several days after he was asked to come and collect the car, nothing was forthcoming, as all the parties involved including the police officers never called nor returned his telephone calls.
“I was asked to leave the car by a certain Achemu and come back on Wednesday the 9th of March to collect the car. On Thursday 10th, I was called by the Police who asked me to be patient as they were still assessing the vehicle, and that I should come and pick the vehicle the following week, precisely on the 17th of March. The officer Achemu- never called and my calls were not picked nor returned,” Hassan stated in his petition.
He said he later realized that the Mercedes Benz car has been released to a female friend of the FCT Commissioner of police far away in Kaduna on the order of AIG Zone 7, Bala Nasarawa and all efforts to retrieve the car has proved abortive.
He added that while the Female friend of the Police Commissioner has the car in her possession, the title documents to the car which he legally purchased are still in his possession. He quoted the car REGISTRATION NUMBER and CHASIS NUMBER as NSR 144 AE and WDDGF54X98F075795 respectively.
When Abusidiqu questioned him further on the development, Hassan said he was reliably told that the female friend of the FCT police Commissioner who is now in possession of the car is the original owner before she tendered it to a car dealer in Kaduna with an addition of some amount of money in exchange for Jeep.
He said unknown to her, the jeep was sold illegally to the car dealer by the owner’s son. At this point, Hassan said he paid and bought the Mercedes Benz car from the same car dealer the woman had done a trade by barter with and was given all due papers of the car.
He said trouble started when the owner of the jeep which the woman got in exchange for her Mercedes Benz discovered it was sold to the car dealer by his son and requested that it should be returned. That was how the woman returned the jeep. Meanwhile, her Mercedes car had already become the property of Naif Hassan. But rather than the car dealer paying the woman for the car which he has already bought, they connived and used their connection with the police and returned the car to her.
While the woman got her Mercedes car by returning the jeep she had earlier received for the exchange, Hassan who paid for the Mercedes Car as everyone would have done is left with no car or the refund of his money.
“I didn’t buy a stolen car. I bought the car at market price. Whatever must have transpired between the car dealer and the woman is none of my business. I saw the car, loved it and payed for it. I still have the car documents in my possession,” Hassan said.
Hassan is therefore calling on the Inspector General of Police to use his good office to ensure that justice is done and his cr is returned to him.
“It is in light of these facts that I write to your office seeking your help and quick assistance on this matter. Your office is one that is revered highly; and this era of change and reforms in our country, I am certain that you will wade into this matter to see that justice is done and my car returned to me,” Hassan concluded.