Independent Investigative panel on human rights abuses by the defunct SARS has ordered the force to produce the case file of one Mr John Alozie, who was reportedly wrongfully arrested, held, and tortured by squad officers.
The acting Chairman of the panel, Dr Garba Tetengi, stated at the panel’s sitting in Abuja that the commission was tired of constantly adjourning the case to enable the police to produce the abovementioned case file.
Since the matter began last year, the panel has ordered that the case file relevant to the matter be presented by the Head of the Force Legal, Ogbeh Ochogwu, but to no avail, he added.
In a prior hearing on the same case, the police confirmed having the file.
During a heated debate between a panel member, Mr John Aikpokpo-Martins, and the senior counsel to the police, James Idachaba, Aikpokpo-Martins contended that Mr Ochogwu had disregarded the panel’s directives with impunity.
Aikpokpo-Martins, who is representing the Nigerian Bar Association on the panel, argued that the police’s failure to submit Emeka Alozie’s case file or any other pertinent evidence would not prevent the matter from being heard.
The panel’s acting chairman postponed the hearing to March 30th, 2022, to allow for written submissions.
Reporting by Bose Ijelekhai; Editing by Saadatu Albashir