‘How SARS officer killed my brother whereas getting ready for Canada’
For over half-hour on Wednesday, a bereaved girl, Mrs. Doris Ididia, gave chilling particulars of how an official of the now disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) allegedly killed her brother, Festus Idehen, who was resulting from journey to Canada.
“My brother suffered so much. From that Saturday to the day he died, he didn’t eat something. He was purported to be in Canada; he had proceeded his visa,” Mrs. Ididia mentioned on presenting her petition earlier than the panel arrange by the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) to probe allegation of impunity towards SARS and different police models.
Mrs. Ididia recalled that on September 3, 2016, he household had been of their residence in Kaduna whereas she was cooking round 5 p.m. for the deceased when he acquired a name from his in-law, Onyekachi Sunday.
“As he went to the junction along with his automobile to select the in-law …he noticed a Golf automobile chasing him. He thought it was kidnappers. So, he accelerated and veered off to a different route.
“But, the occupants of the Golf automobile had been nonetheless chasing him. At a stage, my brother got here out of his automobile and began operating to keep away from being caught.
“All through that day, a Saturday, we didn’t see him once more. My mom mentioned we should always wait until Sunday to lodge a report on the police station,” she instructed the panel.
She added that the next day, his brother’s spouse acquired a name from an unknown quantity and he or she (Mrs. Ididia) answered the decision just for the caller to inform them that her brother was within the hospital.
Mrs. Ididia mentioned once they go to the hospital, they noticed her brother with bandage and accidents throughout his physique.
“My brother knowledgeable me that whereas he was operating, Inspector Kingsley began shouting, thief! thief!! and mobilised individuals to catch and beat him to a pulp. At the moment, Kingsley was not within the hospital,” she mentioned.
The girl mentioned her brother instructed her that Kingsley accused him of stealing the automobile, regardless of all his clarification that he purchased it from Onyekachi, his in-law; Onyekachi additionally confirmed that he was the one who bought the car to my brother.
“Kingsley was indignant when he noticed us within the hospital. My mom instructed him that it was somebody who known as her and instructed her that they noticed her son within the hospital.
“Kingsley mentioned the operatives needed to take my brother to Abuja for remedy. My mom and the physician treating him protested that they may not take him in such a foul situation, however Kingsley insisted on taking my brother to Abuja,” Mrs. Ididia mentioned.
She recalled that it rained that day and that Kingsley dumped Festus, face up, within the police car and not using a material.
Mrs. Ididia claimed that the SARS operatives didn’t take Festus to any hospital in Abuja.
She mentioned regardless of a number of calls her mom positioned on the quantity Kingsley gave her, he refused to select the calls, till September 6, 2016, the day Felix died, when he requested the household to come back to Abuja.
“After I bought to Abuja, he had already died. I didn’t see my brother. It was the nurse taking good care of him on the cell who knowledgeable me that my brother suffered so much within the cell, that he didn’t eat something and was not taken to any hospital for remedy.”
On what she needed the panel to do, Mrs. Ididia mentioned her household needed a compensation of N200 million.
Police lawyer Godwin Ijioma mentioned he wanted to get in contact with Inspector Kingsley to listen to his facet of the story.
Ijioma sought an adjournment and panel’s chairman, Justice Suleiman Galadima (retd.), adjourned the matter until December 15 for cross-examination of the petitioner.
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