A Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of Police Pensions office at force headquarters, Abuja reportedly locked up his neighbour for rearing dogs and other animals.
According to a report by Thisday newspaper , the First Information (FIR) obtained from Maraba Area court dated Thursday, August 28, 2014 the commissioner filed for ‘Criminal Conspiracy, Disturbance of Public Peace and Making Atmosphere Noxious to Health’.
Investigations show that the CP, who resides at Hiltop Estate in Maraba ordered the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to arrest Chukwujindu Aligbe for rearing different breeds of dogs, who promptly acted on the order an apprehended the 67-year old after obtaining a court order to lock him up in Keffi prisons, where he was held for 2 days before his release was procured by concerned church members.
According to the statement, the CP alleges that Aligbe, who is a retired civil servant and an elder in Four Square Gospel Mission breeds about 40 dogs, monkeys and “other wild animals”.
Parts of the statement reads: “On August 27, 2014, at about 7.30am the Commissioner of Police in Charge of Police Pensions Office FHQ Abuja, a resident at HillTop Estate Mararaba, reported to the DPO Mararaba ‘A’ Division that for over four years now, that you, Chukwujindu Aligbe of the same address breeding almost 40 dogs, monkeys and other dangerous and wild animals in your dwelling of residential house for commercial purposes.
“And being his neighbour at the above address, conspired with your wife name not known and the rest members of your family, to keep these animals in such a way that they constantly bark, make all sorts of noise and pass faeces within your premises which only demarcated from his own by only dwarf wall, which is quit disturbing and noxious to his health and that of his family members of which all efforts to advise you to relocate the dogs proved abortive.
“You thereby committed offences contrary to section 97,113 and 192 respectively of the Penal Code law as suggested”.
While commenting on the incident, Reverend Julius Msheliza, who is the resident pastor of Aligbe’s church said he was flabbergasted that such a frivolous case should warrant the locking up of anybody.
Msheliza, who along with other members of the church was in court in solidarity Aligbe said the want justice served.
Another member of the church, who pleaded anonymity rebuffed the claims of the CP saying that Aligbe owns only 10 dogs and a few birds, which are usually in cages.