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Mother, 3 children detained for asking police of her missing husband 

By National Human Rights Commission

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One Mrs. Bolanle Ohore and her three children were detained at the SARS, (Abattoir) for three days when she went to inquire about the whereabouts of her husband.

In the case of unlawful arrest, detention, enforced disappearance, extortion, and abuse of office which was heard on Monday, February 15, 2021, by the IIP-SARS, counsel to the petitioner Wisdom Edun Esq. narrated how Mrs. Bolanle was compelled to pay the sum of N50,000.00 before she and her three children who were detained could be released from custody.

According to him, her offence was daring to ask for the whereabouts of her husband.

Narrating further, Mr. Edun informed the panel that in the last one year of Mr. Ohore’s arrest by the Police, all efforts to locate his whereabouts by his family members have proved abortive, this informed his wife’s decision to go in search of him at the SARS office at abattoir, he said.

During the hearing, two witnesses Mr. Maxwell Ekpo and Taiwo Endurance narrated how Ohore was arrested.

Testimonies from both witnesses revealed that Mr. Ohore was accosted by two Policemen on the evening of 12th January, 2020 at the Arena (a viewing center) situated at Abacha Road Mararaba, where all three friends had gone to watch a football match.

They further narrated, that while the match was going on, two fierce-looking men, one in Police uniform and the other in mufti, accosted Mr. Ohore for reasons unknown to them, shooting first in between his legs before shooting sporadically in the air.

Mr. Maxwell stated that in the cause of the sporadic shooting, one of the many people who were also present at the viewing center was instantly killed by a stray bullet, while others sustained various degrees of injuries, including Taiwo Endurance (one of the witnesses).

They also recounted how Mr. Ohore was eventually whisked away in a green taxi to an unknown destination by the policemen.

Counsel to the petitioner who applied to have Mrs. Bolanle, the DPO, Abacha road Police Station and other witnesses in the case at the next hearing prayed the panel to, among other things, thoroughly investigate the unlawful arrest of Ogaga Ohore, his sudden disappearance from custody, a refund of N50,000 extorted from his wife and the sum of N500,000,000 (five hundred million Naira only), for holding Ohore incommunicado and also for detaining his wife and children for three (3) days.

The matter was adjourned to February 25th, 2021 for a continuation of the hearing.

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