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Shocking revelations at Anambra panel of inquiry

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MORE shocking revelations are unfolding as many aggrieved victims of alleged brutality, high-handedness and extra-judicial killings by the defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), and the police come forward to testify before the Justice V.N. Umeh-led Judicial Panel of Inquiry in Anambra State, continues  sitting at the Government House, Awka.

    With 114 petitions more still rolling in, and the panel with some of them explicitly narrating the gory tales of severe torture and harrowing brutalities they suffered while in the custody of the discredited SARS.

    A widow, Mrs. Chidimma Johnson Edoziuno, led in evidence by J.D.C. Okoli, deposed in her petition dated October 27, 2020, that armed SARS operatives invaded the business electronics shop of her husband, collected various items like fridges, power generators, television sets, laptops, assorted handsets, etc., and whisked away.

   Edoziuno further lamented that the hostile SARS

operatives told her to “go and re-marry because I will not see my husband again,” that fateful August 1, 2017, adding that she had not seen him since then, and requested that the corpse of late Johnson Edoziuno be released to the family to enable them accord him a befitting funeral while adequate compensation be awarded for the huge losses.

    Similarly, another petitioner, Mr. Nelson Ikechukwu Amobi, of Ozara Akukwa Village, Umuchu, had alleged that his second son, Echezona Amobi (20 years), was arrested on September 10, 2014, by SARS operatives along Oba New Road Junction, Oba, Idemili South LGA, and detained at SARS cell at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area, where he was later murdered .

  Amobi led in evidence by a counsel, Prof. Meshach Umenweke, stated that he visited his son at SARS office, Awkuzu, on September 12 and 13, but was amazed when he got there on September 14 only to be informed by SARS operatives that they had killed him, adding that, “CSP James Nwafor confirmed that he had ordered that the said Echezona be killed,” even as he was not informed of the offence for which his son was arrested.

    Having suffered great loss

and psychological trauma at the death of his son, worsened by the refusal by the said SARS commander, James Nwafor, to release the corpse to the family for proper burial, the petitioner demanded N50 million as compensation for the illegal arrest, detention and murder of his son, Echezona Amobi.

    Another widow, Mrs. Nneka Okafor, a petty trader, deposed in her petition that her husband, Mr. Victor Okafor, was unlawfully arrested and detained by the police in Awka, and he took the matter to court via suit number FHC/AWK/ES/AP/2014 between Victor Okafor and CP/other but her husband died before the verdict on the appeal filed by the police. All relevant evidence and documents concerning the petition were admitted as exhibits by the panel and further hearing adjourned to enable police send its representative at the panel.

    Onitsha-based businessman and estate developer, Chief Bonaventure Mokwe, also led by Prof. Meshach Umenweke, told the panel that former Governor Peter Obi was instrumental to his woes, by conniving with Onitsha youths to attack his private motor park and Upper Class Hotel, sited at No. 8 Old Market, Onitsha, ment demolished the same day it was alleged that a guest abandoned human skulls inside the tourism resort.

which the state government demolished the same day it was alleged that a guest abandoned human skulls inside the tourism resort.

    Chief Mokwe, whose hotel manager, Dr. Justin Ogochuklwu Nwankwo, had earlier appeared before the panel, alleged that ex-Governor Obi unlawfully ordered the destruction of his guest, named John Obi, adding that they always sent daily manifests of lodgers to the police.

hotel the same fateful day he was arrested without conclusion of police investigation into the strange human skulls dropped in Room 103 by a guest, named John Obi, adding that they always sent daily manifests of lodgers to the police.

    He repeatedly alleged that the SARS commander, embattled Mr. James Nwafor, ecounting that seventeen (17) suspects were killed one single day.

was fully supported and enamored with wide latitude to foment hostility and impunity by the former governor, adding that within the lengthy time he suffered illegal detention at SARS Awkuzu, he personally witnessed extra-judicial killings, recounting that seventeen (17) suspects were killed one single day.

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