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Police tender medical records over extrajudicial killing

Sergeant Sunday Musa testifying before the Panel

The Nigeria Police Force has tendered medical records in the continuation of its defense of a case of alleged extrajudicial killing of one Ovoke Onormerhino in July, 2019 in Abrakka, Delta State.

The Investigating Police Officer, IPO in charge of the matter, Mr. Kambari Tambari presented the documents to the Independent Investigative Panel on alleged Human Rights Violations by the defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS and other units of the Nigeria Police.

The documents presented by the IPO, Mr. Kambari Tambari included hospital cards that admitted the victim, Ovoke Onormerhino to the hospital at Abrakka, Delta State, medical report and autopsy report that confirmed him dead.

Mr. Tambari equally appeared on the panel with two policemen, Sergeant Lucky Okuku and Sergeant Sunday Musa who witnessed what transpired the day the victim died.

Sergeant Lucky Okuku before the Panel in Abuja

But Counsel to the petitioner, Mrs. Okoroze Egbo discountenanced the documents presented by the IPO, describing them as fake because the hospital card did not carry the name of the hospital and the medical report was not signed by anybody.

Mr. Tambari insisted that the medical documents were as given to him by the General Hospital.

The IPO, Mr. Tambari had testified before the panel on the 3rd of December, last year that Ovoke who was being investigated on allegation of armed robbery, jumped from a moving police vehicle and was confirmed dead.

The case was adjourned until the 13th of next month for counsels to present their written addresses.

Another case of alleged extra judicial killing of one Alhaji Yau Mai-Atamfa on the 17th of April, 2012 at Potiskum in Yobe state was heard.

Counsel to the Petitioner, Mohammed Ibrahim simply mentioned those indicted in the case as Salamatu of Potiskum Police station, the commissioner of police and the Inspector General of Police.

Counsel to the Police, Fidelis Ogwobe said they could not trace the true identity of the officer mentioned since her full name and service number were not provided.

The father of the deceased, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu told the panel on the 19th of March this year that his son had business misunderstanding with his partner Alhaji Shuiabu who reported the case to the Police station in the area.

He said rather than settling the matter amicably between both of them, some officers who came to arrest his son, beat him to stupor and he was confirmed dead at the Potiskum General Hospital.

The case was adjourned until the 13th of next month.

Reporting by Bose Ijelekhai; editing by Adeniyi Bakare