Nigerian human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has petitioned the country’s acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, over
plight of a family whose breadwinner, a policeman, died in active
Henry Ugiagbe died on 1 February 2009 at the Federal
Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State after an after a cardiac arrest while he
was conveying some newly acquired police vehicles from Lagos to Abuja,
the country’s capital city.
“Since his death, the process of
getting his pension by his widow and children has been fraught with
several seemingly insurmountable hurdles.
“The file of the
deceased was first missing for a couple of years and when it finally
surfaced, it has gone through a lengthy process between the police and
Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers Limited,” the petitioner lamented.
As a result, the man’s children, according to Keyamo, have dropped out of school owing to their inability to pay their fees.
is in the midst of this suffering that some of your overzealous
officers have given our clients an ultimatum to move out of Block 2,
Flat 12, Queens Barracks, Apapa, Lagos State, or be thrown out
forcefully on or before the end of August, 2014.
“On the 1st day
of June, 2014, they were served with a purported notice of ejection by
the Provost Marshal Office, Force Headquarters Annex, Lagos to vacate
the said apartment as same has already being allocated to two police
officers in the persons of one Inspector Francisca Joseph and Inspector
Josiah Joseph who are currently jostling to wrestle possession from the
deceased family,” the open letter said adding that several pleas to the
office by the affected family had not met any positive result.
also stated that the family could not afford accommodation outside the
barracks because its members have been affected by the unpaid pension
which is as “a result of the administrative bottlenecks and attendant
delays and corruption that normally characterise the payments of
entitlements and gratuities of retired and deceased police officers.
desperate officers in conjunction with the Provost Marshal in the
person of one ASP James Olusola Oyewunmi, have vowed to forcefully eject
the widow and the five children left behind by the Late ASP Henry
Ugiagbe from the apartment as they have been given a deadline of the end
of August, 2014 to vacate the said apartment or stand the risk of being
forcefully thrown to the street,” the petition, with the attached
He wondered if it was right for an officer who
served the country to be so treated further stressing that such
ill-treatment would discourage living officers of the force from putting
in their best.
He appealed to Abba to come to the aid of the family.