Anthony Ogbizi secretly resigns over birth certificate scandal
Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Directorate, Anthony Ogbizi, was embroiled in a falsified birth certificate scandal, prompting him to retire before reaching his expected retirement age.
Leading police sources have confirmed to SaharaReporter that Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu had an agreement with Ogbizi to allow him to “quietly resign” instead of pursuing him for forgery.
The retired DIG, who hails from Bebuabung Village in Obudu, Cross River State, was appointed by DIG in 2019, when Adamu also became acting PGI.
According to police records, he joined the police force in 1986 as an assistant police superintendent, and within the 35 years required by law, he is due to retire later in 2021.
SaharaReporter learned from competent police sources that Ogbizi secretly resigned following a birth certificate falsification scandal that ruined his police career.
“He quietly retired before retirement because it was discovered that he had falsified his date of birth. IS had an agreement to let him flee instead of pursuing him for forgery, ” explained the main source.
Ogbizi was on a seven-member jury that investigated the chairman of the suspended Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
President Muhammadu Bukhari appointed Ogbizi in August 2020 to serve on a judicial commission to investigate identified financial violations against EFCC President Magu by Oversight Minister Abubakar Malami.
The jury was chaired by the former President of the Court of Appeal, Judge Ayo Salami.
This is not the first time a retired DIG has been charged with wrongdoing.
On March 26, 2020, SaharaReporters reported that two civil society organizations in Nigeria, the Center for Law Enforcement and Accountability and the Foundation for Advocacy for Social Interventions, have asked PGI to investigate allegations of corruption, abuse of power and gross misconduct.
In a joint statement signed by RULAAC’s Okechukwu Nwanguma and SIAF’s Shogun Awosanya, the groups said they were concerned that Ogbizi was unduly interfering with cases brought to the attention of police, disrupting and threatening investigations for monetary gain. They argued that the chief of police had distorted justice.
By way of example, the groups stated that Ogbizi sided with the rich and powerful in his investigation of these cases.
“The recent case concerns a petition addressed to AIG, Force CID Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi Lagos, a 70-year-old woman shocked by the state of Enugu who, through her son, Ekene Nwatu, from Lagos, submitted a petition against Emeka Nwatu, a wealthy and powerful politician from the same family as Agbani in Enugu state.
“They told AIG FCID, Alagbon that Emeka uses her wealth and political influence to constantly intimidate, harass and attack the old woman, using thugs he hired himself to drive her out of her late husband’s family complex.
However, upon learning of the petition against him in Alagbon, Emeka went to the force headquarters in Abuja, where he met with DIG Michael A. Ogbizi, whereupon DIG ordered the release of the two arrested suspects (who were Emeki Nwatu’s thugs) on the same day they were taken to Alagbon and hastily ordered the Alagbon FCID to transfer the case to their office in Abuja.
“Subsequent indications showed that there were plans to distort the case and turn the victims / applicants into defendants in an attempt to further prosecute them.”
It is unclear whether the police responded to the request or not.
Source: – Sahara Reporter.