The Delta State Police Command has arraigned the Acting Auditor-General of the State, Mr Paul Aghanenu, before an Asaba Magistrate Court on a four-count charge bordering on misdemeanor and forceful entry of a land reportedly belonging to one Mr Gowon Adebe.
In a copy of the charge sheet obtained our correspondent, the police through the state police commissioner, are accusing Mr Aghanenu and others now at large of causing breach of peace and destroying a perimeter fence on a piece of land measuring 100ft by 75ft along the Asaba-Ibusa road, Asaba.
The case with charge No. CMA/516c/2018, the Auditor-General was said to have committed the offence which is punishable under section 517 (A) of the criminal code cap 21 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.
Aghanenu, who was arraigned on 18th December, 2018, was, however, granted bail on personal recognition by the court.
The charged sheet which was signed by A. Adaghe (Esq), N. A Ukpebor O/C Legal, Zone 5’ Headquarters, Benin, Edo State, also alleged that Mr. Aghanenu also unlawfully and maliciously destroyed a perimeter fence valued at N6 million property belonging to Adebe, who hails from Isoko area of the state.
The charge sheet obtained by WARRI TODAY, read, “That you Paul Aghanenu (M), and others now at large on or about the 10th of October, 2018 at Asaba in the Asaba Magistraterial District did conspire among yourselves to commit misdemeanor to wit: forcibly entry and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 517 of the criminal code cap 21 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.
“That you Paul Aghanenu (m) and others now at large (m) on the 10th of October, 2018 at along Asaba-Ibusa Road, Asaba in the Asaba Magisterial district did conducted yourselves in a manner to cause breach of peace, reasonable apprehension of peace, entered into the land measuring 100ft by 75ft situate at along Asaba-Ibusa Road, Asaba which was actual peaceful possession of Mr. Gowon Adebe (m) and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 81 of criminal code cap 21 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.
“That you Paul Aghanenu (m) abd others now at large (m) on the 10th of October, 2018 at along Asaba-Ibusa Road, Asaba, in the Asaba Magisterial Distict did unlawfully and maliciously destroyed a perimeter fence value N6m (six million naria only) property of mr Gowon Adebe (m) and thereby committed an offence punishable in the criminal code cap 21 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State of Nigeria 2006.”
Mr Gowon, when contacted, told our correspondent that the accused has also threatened to use his government connection to ensure that he acquire the land by all means possible from him.
He added that the accused also agreed before the police that he does not owned the piece of land.
When contacted, Aghanenu, who declined to speak when our correspondent introduced himself, asked this reporter to go ahead with his report after explaining his reason for the call.
The Auditor-General subsequently dropped the call on the reporter.
However, the case has been adjoined to 11 February, 2019 for hearing.