The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Zanna, and an allegedly dismissed police officer, Chiemeka Telvin, have given contradictory accounts of the alleged dismissal of the police officer who was arrested for serving as an escort to a truck driver along Port Harcourt-Asaba road.
The allegedly dismissed police officer, Chiemeka Telvin
The Police Commissioner said Chiemeka, 43, was dismissed from the force in 2006 but has since 2006 been parading himself as a police officer with fake police uniform.
According to him, Chiemeka’s duty has been loitering around companies in Port Harcourt where he was allegedly dismissed and looking for excort for their vehicles and personnel from Port Harcourt to either Owerri, Onitsha or Asaba.
He said nemesis caught up with him when he was intercepted by his officers in Delta State and since he couldn’t defend himself appropriately before the police, he was arrested and brought to the police headquarters for prosecution.
The Delta State police commissioner, Ibrahim Zanna, addressing journalists during the parade of the suspects
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He said he was arrested at Eku in Ethiope East Council area of the state with Mercedez Benz truck with Reg. No ABU 208 UV belonging to Alon Technical Services Ltd, based in Port Harcourt and driven by one Erirhe Ambrose.
He said the vehicle was loaded with welding materials and with Chiemeka fully dressed in police uniform with F/No. 429000 and sergeant rank but on inquiry he was discovered to be a fake police officer, hence he was arrested and the truck impounded.
Chiemeka Telvin explaining his ordeal to journalists at the police headquarters
But Chiemeka has a different story to tell. He told journalists that he was never dismissed from the force. With tearfilled eyes, he explained that he joined the police force in 2003 and after four years, he fell ill and was taken for treatment.
According to him, from Agbor General Hospital, he was referred to a psychiatric hospital and that after the long period of treatment and recovery, the police force told him that he had deserted the force.
He explained that since 2006 he had pursued the case with the police force, even travelled to Abuja but would return with cock and bull stories from the force headquarters, hence he resorted to the escort of vehicles as the last resort to keep his family of four, a wife and two children, together.
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In his words, “I’m married with two children. I do the escort to help my family. I was engaged with the police force in 2003. I was never dismissed from the force. If a policeman is dismissed, they will retrieve everything from him. Nobody dismissed from service.
“I was sick. There was no dismissal letter given to me. Before you are dismissed, you are given a dismissal letter and everything retrieved from you. But nothing was retrieved from me. Up till now my Leadway Pension is still reading. Somebody is collecting my salary.
“When salary comes, Leadway Pension will send me alert. I have the September allert Leadway Pensions sent to me. Last year I was in Abuja over the this issue of reinstatement. They told us to go and that they have finished our case.
“I do the escort to find food to eat and take care of my family. The uniform I’m wearing was the uniform given to me when I was recruited into the police force. Nobody dismissed me. I was only sick and I have my medical report”.