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SARS panel accuses police of ignoring allegations against it

The Independent Investigative Panel on alleged human rights violations committed by the former Special Anti-Robbery Squad expresses dissatisfaction with the police’s unwillingness to respond to petitions filed against it.

Mr Garba Tetengi, the panel’s acting chairman, stated this during its resumed hearing in Abuja on Tuesday.

He said despite 5 adjournments, the police had yet to produce indicted officers in the cases of alleged disappearance, arbitrary arrest, and imprisonment of Mr Lukman Salihu and Mr John Alozie, before the panel.

Other cases involving the police include alleged extrajudicial killings of Mr Patric Oche, Chief Peter Ikechi, Peter Ekwualor, Mr Owen Onaodowen, and Augustine Onaodowen.

Police lawyer, Mr Kenneth Ogbochuwa, said indicted officer Christopher and others from Anambra State’s Awkuzu police station, Mr Ibiozor, Mr Uzo Emeana and the former SARS Delta State Police command’s Andrew Enogieru, Albert and Mohammed Muazu had not yet responded to the accusations.

Mr Ogbochuwa requested that the cases be adjourned to allow them sufficient time to present their defense.

Mr Tetengi, scheduled sitting to the 7th, which he said would be the last adjournment, and then ordered the police to release the vehicle of one of the complainants to his wife, Mrs. Mercy Oche, before the resumed hearing.

Reporting by Bose Ijelekai, Editing by Omotola Oguneye