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Complainant tells Panel on SARS how Police shot him during Shiite riot

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A complainant, Bello Akubuokwu has told the Independent Investigative Panel on human rights violations by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) how Police operatives shot him during a riot members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites.

The complainant had lodged a complaint against the Inspector General of Police alleging threat to life.

Counsel to the Police, however, said that presenting the case for hearing today came to him as a surprise because he was not served since the last hearing.

He requested five minutes to study the document. The Panel has granted him five minutes to the Counsel

The Counsel returned and said that the petitioner has failed to proof his case since, according to his testimony, he does not even know who shot him.

He said that the complainant has also not been able to establish that his injury was as a result of a gun shot from a police officer.

“The petitioner said he was hit by gun shot during Shiite riot, but it has also been established that even a Deputy Commissioner of Police was shot to death during one of such riots,” he argued.

“This means that even Shiites bear fire arms,” he insisted and the Police Counsel requested the case be struck out.

Counsel to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), however, noted that there is a documentary evidence that shows details of what happen on the said day.

In it’s wisdom, the Panel adjourned the case for further hearing.

In another matter, a complainant, Marcus Odianose Ughulu alleged arbitrary arrest, unlawful detention and torture by Mr. Abiodun Makanjuola DPO, Bwari Police Station, Commissioner of Police, FCT, and Inspector General of Police.

Counsel to NHRC brought to the notice of the Panel that the Petitioner informed the commission that he has secured a court judgement in his favour on this case.

In the court judgement dated 24th January 2021, he was awarded a compensation to the tune of N1 million.

A certified true copy of the judgement was presented before the Panel and shown to Police Counsel.

New annexes and exhibits presented by the Petitioner’s Counsel were admitted accordingly

The Petitioner is asking the Panel to enforce the court judgement of the Police and also instruct the IPO of his case, Sgt. Idris Sakari of Bwari division, to return his silver wedding ring to him.

Counsel to the Respondents requested for an adjournment to enable him study the case, follow-up on the court judgement, and contact the respondents.

The case has been adjourned to 23rd February 2021 for further hearing.

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