Organ harvesting: N47m theft allegation against Anambra Whistleblower coverup ploy by police

Sun, Apr 30, 2023
By editor


CIVIL rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), on Sunday, said the fresh allegation of N47 million theft against a whistleblower, Nnamdi Emeh, in an alleged organ harvesting case involving men of the Anambra State Police Command is a mischievous ploy by the police to cover up the Augean stables of their corrupt and unethical officers.

HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the fresh accusation brought against Emeh, a National Youths Service Corps member, after he exposed the extrajudicial killings and organ harvesting allegedly committed by officers of the Command showed there’s no political will on the side of the police to press for justice in the matter.

The group said the Command cannot be the accused and the judge in the matter. HURIWA therefore called on the Anambra State Government to set up a judicial commission of inquiry to clinically investigate the alleged organ harvesting allegations levelled against the police by the whistleblower. 

On Friday, the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Echeng Echeng, said Emeh is in police custody, adding that his case is already before the Federal High Court.

The police commissioner accused the whistleblower of allegations of unlawful possession of firearms, money laundering, defamation of character, fraud and impersonation. He also accused the IT expert of hacking into one of Mr Chibuike Martins Ekwueme’s accounts, alleging that he transferred N47 million to 14 different accounts. 

In his comments, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The fresh allegations brought against the whistleblower by the Command is not only fictitious, suspicious but spurious. How on earth would you bring allegations against someone after he uncovered an alleged organ harvesting ring with the Command? Why was the N47m theft allegation not before now? 

“We recall asking the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba not to sweep the alleged organ harvesting case involving high-ranking members of the Anambra State Police Command under the carpet while the Command dilly dally on the matter for months, hesitant to investigate it.

“We also recall sounding the alarm weeks ago that the police wanted to get rid of Emeh, instead of arraigning him in court because of the “volume of information” at his disposal which could implicate several police personnel.

“Now, the police have launched its game plan. This is definitely a cover up by the police and it shows there’s no political will on the side of the police hierarchy to clean up the augean stable.  We opposed this sort of mechanism whereby the police is both the prosecutor, the accused and the judge in this same case. 

“Therefore, the entire exercise by police probe panel is a nullity and self help gambit. A judicial commission of inquiry by Anambra state government is needed to be set up to investigate the alleged human organs trafficking by police in Anambra state jurisdiction.”