Adejobi, when contacted on Bernard’s whereabouts, promised to find out and revert. He had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.

Meanwhile, when confronted with Onoja’s allegations, Bernard’s family lawyer, Napoleon Otache, said the allegations were baseless, adding that only the court could pronounce a suspect guilty.

He said, “The allegation that Bernard is a chronic armed robber is laughable. This is a poor damage control tactic. This will fail. The police institution is not a court of law to declare anyone guilty.

“In line with the laws of the land, it is expected that whoever is accused of any crime should be arraigned and prosecuted in a court of competent jurisdiction.

“The Nigeria Police Force cannot be the accuser and at the same time be the judge. Under the Nigeria laws, no amount of suspicion is strong enough to earn a human being a perpetual detention with cruel torture except as permitted by court.

“The most honourable thing to do now is for the police to release the detainee with compensation or arraign him in court. We are willing and ready to defend him in court if he is arraigned tomorrow.”