Atlast, the authorities of the Nigerian police Force has returned the criminal case file of former General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Nigeria that was sacked by the leadership of the church Rev Paul Emeka to the federal ministry of Justice for prosecution.
The immediate past Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation, DPP Mr. Mohammed Saidu Diri in a letter dated 18 June, 2016 addressed to the Inspector General of Police,IGP through the Commissioner of Police IG monitoring unit requested the police to handover the original case file with charge No. CR/1081/2015 COP Vs REV. PROFFESSOR PAUL EMEKA back to the minister of Justice and the Attorney of the Federation Abubakar Malami,SAN for Prosecution.
A police source in the legal department of the force who was part of the investigation team confirmed to Nigerian pilot that following the request by the DPP the commissioner of police Legal returned the full investigation report including the original case file some weeks ago to the federal ministry of Justice.
According to the source, anything concerning the trial of the embattled Emeka will now be handled by the federal ministry of Justice not the police.
However, the former DPP who wrote the letter Mr. Mohammed Diri told Nigerian pilot that he cannot confirm whether the case file has been returned or not because sometimes after sending such request it's takes a very long time for the police to act, or they will not act at all or you have to send another reminder.
He said that the only person that would have confirmed the returned of the case file has traveled out for Hajj.
Efforts to contact the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federationn, DPP Mr. Mohammed Etsu proved abortive as his line was not going through.
Fresh trouble started when the Suspended,Dismissed and Dis-Fellowshipped embattled Former General Superintendent of Assemblies Of God Nigeria Rev Paul Emeka's Forgery Case was taken over by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami from Assemblies Of God Nigeria.
Embattled Paul Emeka a former General Superintendent of Assemblies Of God Nigeria was alleged to have forged a University of Derby Professorial Certificate which he purportedly claimed to had been awarded to him by the Authorities of the University of Derby,Derbyshire England on the 24th Day Of August 2005.
Paul Emeka allegedly presented himself to the Assemblies Of God Nigeria as a Professor from University of Derby, Derbyshire in England, and based on the information he presented to the church, he was made one of the Trustees of the Church.
Sometime in January 2015, the Church (Complainant) upon investigation, found out that Rev. Paul Emeka (Defendant), allegedly forged the professional certificate he presented to the Church, because University of Derby, Derbyshire in England, where he claimed to have received his professorship title, sent a disclaimer letter on the 15th of January 2015 through Mr James Eaglesfield,the Head Of Governance and IT Portfolio, of not having a record of the name Paul Emeka in the University’s Conferment Committee archives and that they do not hold of him receiving a title of Professor.
"The Name Paul Emeka does not appear in the University's Conferment Committee archives and we do not hold a record of Paul Emeka receiving a title of Professor"
"The University Of Derby did not issue the attached certificate and none of the signatories are,or have been,post-holders at the University of Derby" The University Declared
The Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies Of God Nigeria on discovery that the said Certificate was Fake,petitioned the Nigeria Police Force.
In November 2015,the Nigeria Police Force completed its Investigation but failed to charge Rev Paul Emeka to Court due to alleged manipulations by the former Inspector General Of Police Mr Solomon Arase .
The Registered trustees of Assemblies Of God Nigeria filed a direct criminal complain against Chief Paul Emeka at the Upper Area Court Gudu Abuja in a case No. CR/1081/15 in Pursuant to Section 88(1) and 90 of the Adminstration Of Criminal Justice Act,2015
On the 4th of February 2016,the Presiding Judge Justice Umar Yusuf Kargarko ordered the Nigerian Police Force to arrest and produce Chief Paul Emeka for trial.
"It Is Hereby Ordered: That the Police Shall Bring the said Investigation report together with the Suspect before this honorable Court"'
The Police refused obeying that order till the last adjourned date despite the acknowledgement of the receipt of the Court Order by the Inspector General Of Police Monitoring Unit on the 17th Of February 2016.
It was on this note that the Attorney General of the Federal Mr Abubakar Malami who was complaint to by the Counsel to the Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies Of God Nigeria Barr Ifeanyi Nwaeze directed the Director Of Public Prosecution(DPP) to take over the prosecution because certificate forgey and use of Forged Documents are crimes against the state, Punishable under Section 363,364 and 366 of the Penal Code
"offence of forgery with “fraudulent intent” punishable under Section 364 of the same law with 10-20years In Jail.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on August 30th 2016,Lawyers to Paul Emeka had come to present the Order for stay of Execution given by Justice K.N Ogbonnaya of anFCT High Court Abuja,but they were shocked to notice the presence of prosecution sent by the Attorney General of the Federation.
The Prosecutor from the Ministry of Justice I A Charles Okolie Mrs told Justice Umar Yusuf Kagarko that the Attorney General of the Federation Mr Abubaka Malami,SAN, has given an approval for the Federal Government to prosecute Paul Emeka.
The Presiding Judge Justice Umar Yusuf Kagarko told Barr J U Ajii,counsel to Paul Emeka that he cannot disobey the directives of the Attorney General of the Federation.
The Court adjourned the matter till on the 19th of September to enable the Attorney General prepare and amend the charges to Read" Federal Republic of Nigeria Vs Rev Paul Emeka.