The Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigerian Police Force has directed the Mr. Yusuf Malgwi-led group of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) to immediately recognise Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba as the authentic president of the institute.
Safety Record learnt that this was the outcome of a Thursday, October 3 meeting between Ilodiuba, Malgwi and the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), Mike Ogbizi in the DIG’s office in Area 10 Garki, Abuja.
The SFU is a section under the FCIID headed by Ogbizi.
The purpose of the meeting, this paper recalled, was for the warring groups to submit the reports of their reconciliation meetings initiated by Ogbizi.
Recall that the Ilodiuba and the governing board had petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to investigate the Malgwi-led group, which it said had continued to parade itself as the authentic ISPON leadership in spite of several court orders and despite a subsisting expulsion.
The police boss then referred the matter to the FCIID for treatment.
This newspaper learnt that at the meeting, the police instructed the Malgwi group to immediately recognise the governing board chaired by Ilodiuba as the authentic leadership of the institute as affirmed by several Federal High Court rulings or risk running afoul of the law.
Also, Safety Record was told that the police directed the Malgwi group to by Monday, October 7 render and hand over accounts of the institute in their position to the Ilodiuba-led governing board.
National Spokesman of ISPON, Engr. Timothy Iwuagwu said, “The police was not advising them. The police said if they fail to recognise him (Ilodiuba), and continue in their criminality in the name of crisis, that they risk the anger of the law”.
He added, “They have been told to go and render the account of all the money they have used ISPON name to make in unauthorised capacity.
“Two, they are to submit that account to the President and the Board of ISPON.
“Three, they (the police) warned that everybody should hear it that there is no second ISPON.”
Iwuagwu insisted that the law and the courts do not recognise a faction hence everyone should desist from describing the Malgwi group as an ISPON faction.
He noted that ISPON is a body backed by the laws of Nigeria, and it was therefore inconceivable for a faction to exist in such.
“Can you have faction in Ministry of Works? Can you have faction in NAFDAC, Nigeria Police or Nigerian Army?
“Now, this institute is not established by a group of friends who came as friends; it’s established by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, an Act of the National Assembly.
“It’s only in labour union or market women union that you can have factions.
“You cannot have factions in Nigeria Police. You cannot have factions in Nigerian Army. The Army, Air Force, Police are established by an Act of the National Assembly. Each of them.
“(It is) the same way ISPON is established by an Act of the National Assembly.”
According to him, the Malgwi group is into “a deliberate act of criminality that is aimed basically at making money”.
Iwuagwu said that 63 persons have laid a complaint against the Malgwi-led group for issuing them “fake certificates of membership and training”.
He added, “A lot of Nigerians have been defrauded and they have been given fake certificates. I implore journalists to read those judgements and extract the sections that clearly stated that all the certificates issued (by the Malgwi group) are fake and null and void.”
He lamented that despite the judgements being widely circulated in newspapers, magazines, and the internet, no one seemed interested in reading them.
When contacted, a top official of the Malgwi-led group, Mr Benson Adam-Otite, said, “Based on the court judgment, the police was in support of Dr Nnamdi Ilodiuba that we should recognise him as the authentic President even when that judgment is being challenged”.
He added, “Another meeting has been scheduled for Port Harcourt on Monday, 7th (October) between the leaders of both sides to try to reach an amicable resolution”.
However, he confirmed that the judgement is being challenged in court.