Alleged disappearance: Sufferer Lifeless, not lacking, Police ASP tells NHRC probe panel
An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) of IGP-IRT “D” Division Itam, Uyo, David Ahmed Agbo on Monday informed the Unbiased Investigative Panel on allegations of human rights violations by the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) and different models of the Nigerian Police Pressure (NPF) arrange by the Nigerian Human Rights Fee, that one Edward Dumsara Leera whose brother, Confidence Leera, claimed was being held in police custody since November 1, 2019, is useless.
ASP Agbo who made this disclosure when the Chairman of the panel inquired the whereabouts of the sufferer (assumed to be of their custody) additionally added that his physique was deposited on the College of PortHacourt Educating Hospital (UPTH) mortuary in Rivers state.
Spouse of the deceased, Peace Leera cried profusely instantly the ASP Agbo broke the information of the loss of life of Edward Leera.
Earlier, Counsel to the complainant, Victor Giwa whereas adopting his written affidavit containing collection of reveals, together with a replica of the petition and courtroom order directing the manufacturing of the sufferer earlier than the courtroom, regretted that “the Police by no means obeyed the order of the courtroom until date.
Persevering with, he additionally informed the panel that ASP Agbo seized ATM card belonging to the sufferer with which varied quantities of cash had been withdrawn from his checking account by brokers of the Ahmed Agbo”.
The complainant by his Counsel tendered paperwork allegedly evidencing the switch of N20,000 to ASP Agbo, in addition to these evidencing the assorted withdrawals from the checking account of the sufferer.
In his response, Agbo, Gabriel Uron Okpeta knowledgeable the panel that he simply filed a counter-affidavit “This morning” because the defence of the aforesaid respondents whereas the panel was already sitting.
Recall that on November 16, 2020, the complainant, Confidence Leera, led in proof by his lawyer, Giwa Victor, informed the panel that Edward was arrested by the police and detained for no simply trigger, and his automotive confiscated and transformed to private use by a policeman, recognized because the IPO, ASP David Ahmed Agbo.
Confidence claimed that ASP Agbo now drives the automotive unlawfully seized from his brother.
He alleged the policeman made money withdrawals from his brother’s checking account between November 2019 to October 2020 utilizing his ATM card.
Confidence knowledgeable the panel that his household was requested by the police to pay N3m earlier than Edward might be launched.
He added he later instituted a swimsuit, marked: BHC/202/2019 for the enforcement of his basic rights, including “subsequently, on December 17, 2019, the court-ordered the listening to of the applying of Edward Dumisara Leera and delivered judgment in his favour and ordered the quick launch of the mentioned Edward.”
He added “that the order was served on the police, however they allegedly refused to obey it, and that, as a substitute of complying with the courtroom’s judgment of December 2019, the police filed a seven-count cost towards Edward earlier than Justice E.N. Ogbuji in swimsuit No. PHC/287/CR/2020”.
Confidence mentioned the police has neither produced Edward in courtroom nor launched him in accordance with the sooner courtroom order.
He informed the panel that it appears Edward had been killed extra-judicially and disposed of.
The 28-year-old spouse of the deceased informed newsmen that she was barely one 12 months in marriage and that her late husband by no means noticed her being pregnant or their child until now just for her to be informed that her husband has died.
She alleged that ASP Agbo requested her to abort her being pregnant whereas she was going to plead for the discharge of her husband.
In line with her, ASP Agbo bragged that she is not going to see her husband once more, having not paid N3m he was demanding for with a purpose to launch her husband.
She added that she couldn’t “imagine the loss of life of her husband and that the panel ought to guarantee ASP Agbo is arrested and prosecuted in order that he’ll expose the whereabouts of her husband who she mentioned was a taxi driver and welder as towards being an armed robber as ASP Agbo labelled him throughout a press interview within the premises of the Nationwide Human Rights Fee”.
The case was adjourned to January 11, 2020, for cross-examination and defence by the police.
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