Panel told how SARS tortured Evans’ sister leading to pregnancy miscarriage
A schoolteacher, Ndubuisi Obiechina, and her husband, Ogechukwu, have told the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing human rights violations how operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS] tortured them leading to miscarriage of a two-month old pregnancy.
Obiechina, who turned out to be a sister to the renowned kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, narrated to the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel how she was arrested by SARS, detained, and tortured over a period of 22 days till she lost the pregnancy.
According to her, she will yet suffer another miscarriage following the re-arrest of her husband.
The panel had had summoned the police to appear on Tuesday to respond to the allegations.
During proceedings, a police legal officer, Nosa Uhumwangho, explained that the couple was arrested because their phone numbers surfaced during the investigation that led to the arrest of Evans.
Obiechina denied knowledge of the name “Evans” but admitted that Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike is her brother.
She also admitted knowing that he was arrested for kidnapping.
The lawyer then explained the connection between Evans and the woman to the panel as follows:
“Evans was arrested because of Mrs Obiechina who led the (police) team to arrest Evans. It was her who led us to Evans.
“We kept her for five days and that was why we were able to arrest Evans.”
The lawyer explained further that the police traced three phone numbers used by Evans in the kiidnap operation including collection of the one million dollars ransom.
He noted that the phone numbers of the couple were two of the three numbers.
The lawyer said: “The police sent the numbers to our technical intelligence unit for expansion and the numbers of the two witnesses (the couple) featured prominently.”
However, the panel pointed out that the issue brought before it by the couple was the failure of the police to comply with a N2m judgment which they secured against the police for the violation of their rights.
In response, the police lawyer told the couple that they cannot get the N2 million on a platter but have to file an application for the enforcement of that judgment.
The panel adjourned till December 8 for adoption of summons.
Mrs. Obiechina and her husband are seeking the enforcement of the N2 million awarded them by the Federal High Court in Lagos against the police, following their ordeal.
Evans, also called the ‘Billionaire kidnapper’ is facing multiple conspiracy, kidnapping, murder and attempted murder charges before several courts in Lagos.