Adamawa land tussle: Police back officer who threatened to kill Igboman

Adamawa land tussle: Police back officer who threatened to kill Igboman


Adanawa State Police Command on Saturday said a senior police officer who allegedly threatened to kill an Igboman, Mr. Vincent Umeh, for buying a plot of land beside his own in the state capital, Yola, did nothing wrong.

The command said that instead, the said officer, DCP Ibrahim Baba Zango, was involved in a civil dispute with the Igboman, Mr. Umesh, concerning the property and decided to take the matter to an Upper Area Court.

The statement issued by the command’s spokesman, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, is titled: Adamawa Police Command clarifies report of threat against senior officer.

The statement which was made available to the National Association of Online Security Reporters, reads:

It reads: “The attention of the Adamawa State Police Command has been drawn to a misleading and fabricated publication with a caption, ” *Police officer gives violence threats to a buyer of property near his Adamawa House”.* The publication is nothing but a calculated attempt to smear the image of the police.

As a matter of fact, the command has not received any complaint of threat from one Mr .Umeh as alleged in an online publication. The command has contacted the Senior Police Officer, DCP Ibrahim Baba Zango, an indigen of Adamawa state and found out that the allegations were not true.
To put the record straight, the police officer had an issue which is civil in nature on the 2nd February, 2022, with his neighbour and being a seasoned and professional police officer, he instituted a direct civil action against the defendants before Upper Area Court in Jimeta.
But instead of Mr. Umeh to appear in court as expected, he went on social media and published false information just to attract undue sympathy and tarnish the good image of the force.
It is important to note that DCP Ibrahim Baba Zango acted in his capacity as a citizen and a neighbour by approaching court for redress not as police or Northerner against Southerner as allegies but as law abiding citizen.
The police in Adamawa are friendly serving officers and cannot entertain civil cases. The command wishes to advise Mr Umeh to go to court and sort out their grievances with his neighbor and leave police out of their civil matters.
However, the Commissioner of Police CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde commended Journalists for services being rendered, and equally advised them to always verify their reports before disseminating it to the public.”

SaharaReporters learnt that the property is located at 33, Mohammed Mustapha Way, Opposite Ford Oil, Yola, in Adamawa.

In a viral audio, Babazango was heard warning Umeh to reverse the purchase deal or face bitter consequences, including no guarantee of his personal safety.

“We’re a homogeneous community, I don’t want you; you can’t be my next door neighbour, I swear. What sort of insult is this? Can any northerner move now to the South-East, say Onitsha and just bump into any neighborhood to buy a property; just like that?” the DCP queried.

Narrating his ordeal, Umeh said, “I acquired the property late last year from one Ismail Mamman; the transaction was perfected and a title deed was issued to me.

“I was surprised to receive a call from a man who introduced himself as DCP Ibrahim Babazango, a neighbour of Ismail Mamman who sold the property to me. He threatened that I should abandon the property because he could not guarantee my safety as his neighbour.

“I pleaded with him to no avail. I asked him what I did wrong by purchasing the property, at least within the context of the law. He kept yelling that I was not welcome in the neighbourhood and I am a stranger in the community.

“Given his threat, I reported the matter to the police and Department of State Services.”

Adamawa land tussle: Police back officer who threatened to kill Igboman

As it was further gathered, Babazango claimed that his former neighbour sold the property to Umeh without offering him (Babazango) a neighbour, the first right to buy.

When contacted by SaharaReporters, Babazango stood his ground on the threats.

He said, “My neighbour sold the house to a businessman without waiting for me, after I had indicated interest to buy the property. Believe me, I cannot guarantee his safety if he insists on owning the property because as it is; we live like brothers in this area; so for an outsider who is not from this part of the country to buy a property in this area, is unacceptable.

“I have reported the matter to the District Head of Jemita and I will also take him to court if need be.”

On his part, the vendor, Ismail Mamman said, “The property is mine and I sold it to Mr. Vincent Umeh; all the documents were duly signed by me and my brother as witness between us, in the presence of a lawyer after we agreed on a price.

“I had approached him, my former neighbour, DCP Ibrahim Babazango that I wanted to sell my property, he said he would contact his brother but I didn’t get his feedback; so I sold it to a ready buyer. I have no problems with the buyer at all.”