#EndSARS: How Police arrested two brothers, 25 cows, legal professionals tells Abuja panel
A Laywer, Mr. Timothy Ahua, on Thursday, narrated earlier than the Impartial Investigative Panel on human rights violations by the defunct Particular Anti-Theft Squad, SARS, sitting in Abuja, how police arrested two brothers and their 25 cows, in 2019.
Ahua, instructed the Justice Suleiman Galadima-led panel that for the reason that two brothers, Matthew and Patrick Ella have been arrested and whisked away by operatives of the disbanded SARS, on December 20, 2019, their whereabouts have remained unknown.
In accordance with the lawyer who lodged a petition on their behalf, the brothers have been taken from Edumega District, Okpokwu Native Authorities Space of Benue by some SARS operatives that stormed the neighborhood.
He mentioned the operatives took time and loaded the 25 cows that belonged to Mathew inside a truck, in an operation that lasted via the night time.
The authorized practitioner instructed the panel that each one his efforts and people of his purchasers’ kin, to steer police to both launch or cost them to court docket, had since been ignored.
Ahua mentioned the police refused to supply them in court docket even when he filed a basic rights enforcement swimsuit and the court docket ordered their manufacturing.
He mentioned: “Some officers of the Inspector Common of Police (IGP) Clever Response Group (IRT) from Abuja stormed the victims’ village.
“They shot his brother, Patrick on the leg and took him to unknown vacation spot. Additionally they made away with 25 cows belonging to Matthew Ella”.
When requested about his purchasers’ present location, Ahua mentioned they have been nonetheless being held by the police.
Ahua named some police personnel – Inspector Waziri Mustapha, Alhassan Emmanuel and one Inspector Glory – who he claimed are accustomed to the case.
In the meantime, when Chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman inquired from counsel to the Police, Mr. Godwin Ijioma, if he knew the whereabouts of the complainants, he pleaded for time to allow him to make the required inquiry.
Consequently, the panel directed the authorized staff representing police to get full particulars of all of the officers that have been talked about within the petition, even because it adjourned the matter until December 2.
It ordered that the officers should be produced on the subsequent adjourned date.
Moreover, the panel, additionally ordered its staff of legal professionals led by Mr. Chino Obiagwu, SAN, to collaborate with Ahua and the police to make sure that the Complainants are additionally produced on the subsequent date.
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