It was palpable in Makurdi, Benue State capital, when Justice Mary Abounu, wife of Benue state’s deputy governor, Engineer Benson Abounu, reportedly slapped her Police Orderly, Inspector Jane Agbo, for allegedly having a secret sexual relationship with her husband.
The incident, which happened at the Benue deputy governor’s Lodge penultimate two weeks ago, allegedly forced Nigerian Police Command in the state to redeploy the officer back to Otukpo Divisional Police Station.
According to local media, Nigerian Concord online investigation, Mrs. Abounu accused her former Police Orderly, Inspector Jane Agbo, who started working with her as an Orderly since when she was a court judge, of sleeping with the deputy governor.
Investigation revealed that the (Benue) state’s 2nd Lady had at several times confronted her Police Orderly, asking her to confess if the rumour she was receiving that she (Jane Agbo) was dating her husband was true or not.
However, sources revealed that the elegant Inspector Jane Agbo, who is still single, denied the allegation and had tried on several occasions to make her Madam believe that there was nothing between herself and the deputy governor.
The straw that finally broke the camel’s back happened two weeks later, when the deputy governor’s wife could no longer hold her peace.
It was gathered that, on that fateful day, Mrs Mary Abounu had asked her erstwhile Police Orderly to wait behind after their schedules for the day. While Inspector Agbo was waiting, Mrs. Abounu came to her and threatened to assault her openly if she didn’t confess on the lingering rumour that she (Jane Agbo) was sleeping with her husband secretly.
The local media, Nigeria Concord, gathered that during a heated argument between the two of them, Mrs Abounu slapped Inspector Jane Agbo several times after which she ordered the Inspector out of the deputy governor’s Lodge.
It was gathered that Mrs Abounu left a serious instruction that Miss Jane shouldn’t be allowed into the Lodge any longer. And, as she demanded, the security operatives at the deputy governor’s Lodge turned the former Police Orderly back when she came to resume her duties the following morning.
On hearing that, Inspector Jane Agbo returned to the Benue state police headquarters in Makurdi, where she was told of her immediate redeployment to the Otukpo Divisional Police Headquarters.
When contacted on Sunday, Inspector Jane Agbo, spoke with the online newspaper through her telephone number 09053852006, where she confirmed her redeployment as a result of the heated argument and assault she got from the deputy governor’s wife two weeks ago.
She said it was sad that, a woman she had been serving as her Police Orderly since when she was a High Court Judge could be saying all sorts of rubbish about her. Jane stressed further that she wondered why Mrs Abounu could be accusing her of dating her husband, adding that the deputy governor isn’t her type of man. Her words: “I wonder why this woman (Mrs ABounu) is saying all sorts of rubbish just to tarnish my image.
“I have never had any sexual relationship with her husband and, again, the man is not even my taste, if at all I want to date anyone. Although I am a single lady but I can take you or anyone to see my boyfriend, and when you see him, you will quickly agree with me that the deputy governor is not my taste.”
Asked why she didn’t force her way back into the Government House as Mrs Abounu’s Police Orderly, Inspector Agbo said she didn’t, because she was tired of working with her erstwhile boss.
Jane added that she had been tolerating Mrs ABounu’s excesses right from the time she was serving as her orderly at the High Court. She also said she believed the deputy governor’s wife is just telling lies and making false accusations against her over nothing.
According to Jane, “It is a greater sin to maliciously lie against someone than to kill him or her. I have handed Madam over to God to do the right judgment. I am glad about my redeployment because I am tired of working with a devilish and wicked person like her.
“Let her continue her lies against me, but I know at the right time, God will vindicate me. To God, who made me, I didn’t have any secret affair with her husband, the deputy governor.”
In a related development, Deputy Governor Benson Abounu has threatened to make life unbearable for his wife if she fails to send her current Orderly packing and bring Inspector Jane Agbo back.
According to Abounu in a heated argument he had with his wife last weekend, Jane has been a very trusted and reliable police officer over the years. Meanwhile, the online newspaper stated it learnt that the deputy governor only wants the former Orderly back as a way to prevent her from divulging some of the family and government secrets, which she is already aware of.
However, when our correspondent contacted her on phone, Jane neither denied nor agreed, but dropped the call upon introducing the issue, more so as it was coming from a journalist of the National newspapers. The Benue deputy governor reportedly snubbed journalists when approached for interview during the last Northern states Governors’ meeting where he represented his Governor, Ortom.