A man who went into the premises of the Imo State Customary Court of Appeal, Owerri, to collect sand for suspected ritual purposes was yesterday arrested by security officers at the court.
The suspect identified as Alphonsus Madu claimed to be a Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP, serving in Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
“My name is Alphonsus Madu. I am a Deputy Superintendent of Police. I am the Ika Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in Akwa Ibom State Police Command,” Madu told Vanguard.
When asked why he came under the heavy rain to collect sand from the court premises, Madu confessed that he had a case pending in the court.
“I have a land matter pending in the Customary Court of Appeal, Owerri. I have been fasting all day in respect of the matter. I came to pick some sand from the court premises in continuation of my fasting and prayer,” Madu said.
Madu who was reminded that the court was a hallowed establishment and that he could lose his job as a result of his action said he was very sorry.
“I am not here for ritual purposes. I have no intention to go into any ritual. I only needed the sand for my personal prayers. I am afraid that this act may jeopardize my service,” Madu said.
Reacting to the matter, Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed Katsina, said: “Even if the man is a serving police officer, he has no reason to be in the court premises on Sunday and under the heavy rain.”
Katsina said he would interview the man on Monday to ascertain if truly he is a police officer and why he preferred visiting the court premises under the rain to collect sand.
“The man must be a funny human being. Does he not know the security situation in the country? I have ordered the DPO, New Owerri Division to bring him to my office for interview,” the CP said.