AIG Mbu ap­pears be­fore rights com­mis­sion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

As­sis­tant In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice, Joseph Mbu yesterday ap­peared at the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) to de­fend an al­le­ga­tion against him of tor­ture, threat to life and abuse of hu­man rights.

Mbu ap­peared at the Com­mis­sion’s of­fice in Abuja af­ter dis­obey­ing sev­eral sum­mons.

Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe told jour­nal­ists yesterday at the com­mis­sion that Mbu hon­oured the third and last in­vi­ta­tion which if he had turned down, the pow­ers of the com­mis­sion would have been in­voked on him.

Sec­tion 7, 2 (b) of the Com­mis­sion’s Act as amended

states that the NHRC has the pow­ers to sum­mon and in­ter­ro­gate any per­son, body or au­thor­ity to ap­pear be­fore it for the pur­pose of a public in­quiry aimed at the res­o­lu­tion of com­plaint of hu­man rights vi­o­la­tion hence sub 5 (a) states that a per­son that dis­obeys the sum­mons was li­able on con­vic­tion to im­pris­on­ment for a 6 months jail term or to a fine of N100, 000 or both.

Angwe said there was no need for any­one sum­moned by the com­mis­sion to dis­obey the call as the in­vi­ta­tion was to give an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a fair hear­ing.

On his part, Mbu said his re­fusal to turn up be­fore the com­mis­sion was not de­lib­er­ate as the pre­vi­ous in­vi­ta­tions sent to him ar­rived while he was out of the coun­try on va­ca­tion.

He said he was not above the law as he stands for jus­tice against any­one who goes against the law.

Mbu who was at the com­mis­sion for a two-hours was in­ter­ro­gated over a pe­ti­tion by one Suleiman Yer­ima in­dict­ing him and Di­rec­tor of Oper­a­tions, Eco­nom­ics and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) Iliyasu Kwar­bai for un­law­ful de­ten­tion, abuse of rule of law, tor­ture and in­fringe­ment of hu­man rights.

His tribulation started on March 3, when the EFCC in­vited him in con­nec­tion to a pe­ti­tion writ­ten against him and his friend, one Uwem An­tia, by the duo of De­nis Ale and Mrs. Gla­dys Aginwa.

The pe­ti­tioner who died while await­ing trial in po­lice de­ten­tion said that the sum of N670 mil­lion was given to him to source for the dol­lar equiv­a­lent by one Mr. An­tia who was the mid­dle­man be­tween him and the own­ers of the money.

Be­fore his re­mand and sub­se­quent death, the de­ceased had pe­ti­tioned Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, to in­ter­vene in his case.

He said he paid $1mil­lion in cash to Mr An­tia and gave them the bal­ance of $2.250 mil­lion hence both trans­ac­tions were prop­erly doc­u­mented.

Ac­cord­ing to the pe­ti­tion, he and An­tia were ar­rested and were “mer­ci­lessly” tor­tured un­der the di­rec­tive of AIG Mbu hence “while the tor­ture was go­ing on, two calls came in from Kwar­bai and the other from AIG Mbu en­quir­ing if Mr. An­tia had made any con­fes­sional state­ment. When the of­fi­cers told them that there was no con­fes­sion from him, Mr. Joseph Mbu or­dered that the of­fi­cers should do more and if he dies, they should throw his body in the la­goon.”

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists, Mbu said he handed all the sus­pects over for de­ten­tion in good health so he wasn’t to be held re­spon­si­ble for any­one’s death.

The Chief Ob­server, Euro­pean Union Elec­tion Ob­ser­va­tion Mis­sion, San­ti­a­gio Fisas (left), with an Elec­tion An­a­lyst, Mr Alexan­der Ma­tus, dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of fi­nal re­port on Nige­ria’s 2015 Gen­eral Elec­tions in Abuja yesterday.

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