The Lagos State Police Command has debunked the allegation raised by a masked lady in a video which surfaced on the social media accusing a police inspector, Marcel Nnabugwu of living in opulence and above his means.
Recall that the lady in the said video had alleged that Nnabugwu owns a property at No. 27, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja worth N250million, as well as an exotic car with a customized license plate number titled “MCON”.
She further alleged that when the officer in question enters into any nightclub, the club shuts down to all customers to attend to his needs. In addition, she estimated the officer to worth over N2billion, claiming that he spent millions of naira during his recent birthday party. The lady thereafter requested the police authorities to investigate the source of wealth of the officer.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Lagos Command, CSP Chike Oti, the police said after being aware of the serious allegations against the officer, the Inspector General of Police ordered an investigation, following which the Command swung into action, and the outcome revealed that there was no iota of truth in the claims by the masked lady.
According to Oti, investigation conducted by the police to verify the veracity of the allegations revealed that there indeed exist one Christopher Marcel Nnabugwu, alias MCON in the Police and that the said officer was enlisted into the Police Force in the year 2000 and was trained at the Police College Oji River, Enugu State.
Giving further details on the investigation, Oti said: “He (Nnabugwu) is presently an Inspector of Police serving at Ogudu Police Division where he is attached to Divisional Crime Branch (DCB) and not a police sergeant serving at Mopol 18 Owerri as alleged. That Inspector Marcel Nnabugwu has never served in PMF (Police Mobile Force) since his enlistment into the Nigeria Police.
“That his picture in Police Mobile Uniform downloaded by the masked woman from his wall on the Facebook as attested by the alleger, was the uniform he wore when he went for Mobilization exercise into the PMF for which he was unsuccessful. According to the Inspector, his love of the PMF Uniform made him wear and take photograph to remember the day he went for the exercise even though he failed.”
The Command spokesperson added that: “Investigation revealed that he does not own a car nor landed property in any part of Nigeria or anywhere else in the world. The Inspector is a proud tenant at No. 125 Old Ota Road, Oke-Odo Agege Lagos where he occupies a room and parlor.
“It was also discovered that Inspector Christopher Marcel Nabugwu is currently single owing to his financial status as he is still gathering resources for that purpose. It was shown in the video where he was singing and dancing. Well, that’s his hobby so says the Inspector.”
Meanwhile, Oti said the investigation showed that the officer has a combined balance of N20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira) in his Access and FCMB bank accounts as against the N2billion claim by the masked lady.
“From all intent and purposes, the lady in the mask was out to cause mischief. Her evil machination was not only targeted at the poor, innocent officer but an attempt to malign and dent the image of the Nigeria Police and bring the entire organization into public opprobrium. Already, we are on her heels. As a matter of fact, we are closing in on her. It’s a question of time,” Oti said.