Mr. Clement Ufuophu and Mr. Vincent Soto, President General and leader respectively of Edjohe Community Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state have petitioned the Inspector General of Police over alleged threat to their life by one Mr. Zik Gbemre.
The duo in a petition signed by their counsel, P. O Onota Esq. and addressed to the Inspector General of Police, stated that their fears became heightened by the open boast of Mr. Zik Gbemre to use his reputed connection with the Delta State Police Command and the AIG Zone 5 to have them arrested, detained and hurriedly charge to court using allegation of pipeline vandalism and other charges not bailable at the magistrate court so that they can be remanded in prison custody.
According to the petition, to ascertain their fears, the DPO Otu-Jeremi invited Messer Sito and Ufuophu to report to the station on allegation of pipeline vandalism made against them by Mr. Zik Gbemre to the CP who in turn directed the DPO in a text message to invite them over in the said allegation.
They stated in the petition that the allegation made against them is frivolous, false, malicious and unsubstantiated, as Mr. Gbemre only came up with the allegation because Mr. Sito challenged him of his continuous unfounded criticisms of top government functionaries. “He is fond of making false allegation against whoever opposed him, so we are not surprised”.
When contacted, Mr. Zik Gbemre described the allegation of threat to the life of Messer Vincent Sito and Clement Ufuophu as false, saying “I reported them to the Commissioner of Police over their involvement in pipeline vandalism in the area”.
He said: “They should report to the police to clear themselves of the allegation, instead of baseless allegation of threat to life. We will do everything possible to end pipeline vandalism in some communities in Ughelli South LGA”.