CSO seeks IG’S in­ter­ven­tion over sus­pect’s dis­ap­pear­ance from cus­tody

The Punch - - METRO - Chukwudi Akasike, Port Har­court

Acivil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tion has called on the In­spec­tor­gen­eral of Po­lice, Mo­hammed Adamu, and Na­tional As­sem­bly to in­ter­vene in the dis­ap­pear­ance of one Imon­ima Robin­son from the cus­tody of the IGP Mon­i­tor­ing Unit in Aluu, Rivers State.

The In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety for So­cial Jus­tice and Hu­man Rights also urged the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion to in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged shoot­ing of the sus­pect in the leg while in po­lice cus­tody.

Imon­ima was ar­rested on Au­gust 1, 2019, in Port Har­court on the al­le­ga­tion that he was a friend to a kid­nap­per, who had been de­clared wanted.

Imon­ima was trans­ferred to the Anti-cultism Unit, Anti-kid­nap Unit and the IGP Mon­i­tor­ing Unit, the lat­ter of which his wife, Chid­inma, said was the last place she saw him.

It was gath­ered that a court had on Oc­to­ber 25, 2019, or­dered that the sus­pect be re­leased on bail, a di­rec­tive that was re­buffed by the po­lice.

Speak­ing with our cor­re­spon­dent, the Chan­cel­lor of the rights group, Mr Jack­son Ome­nazu, ex­plained that the dis­ap­pear­ance of sus­pects from po­lice cus­tody was an abuse of hu­man rights.

Ome­nazu added that it would be dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that Imon­ima might have been killed in po­lice cus­tody, adding that the mat­ter must not be swept un­der the car­pet.

He said, “We are call­ing on the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice, Mr Mo­hammed Adamu, to in­ter­vene in this mat­ter, be­cause we can­not have the po­lice that vi­o­late the rights of ci­ti­zens and kill at ran­dom with­out ref­er­ence to the law.

“Ex­tra-ju­di­cial killing is not part of the Po­lice Or­di­nance or the na­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion and the po­lice can­not be op­er­at­ing out­side the Con­sti­tu­tion of Nige­ria. The po­lice can­not con­sti­tute them­selves into a court, and at the same time act as the po­lice.

“The Ig should ap­pre­hend the crim­i­nals and take them to court and let the court ad­ju­di­cate over the mat­ter. A sit­u­a­tion where a po­lice of­fi­cer work­ing for the Nige­ria Po­lice, whose duty is to pro­tect Nige­rian ci­ti­zens, shoots a Nige­rian ci­ti­zen in the leg to ex­tract in­for­ma­tion is not ac­cept­able, be­cause we are not in a ba­nana repub­lic.

“We are call­ing on the Ig to look into this par­tic­u­lar mat­ter. A fam­ily man, whose wife has been cry­ing that her hus­band has been il­le­gally de­tained, was shot in the leg. We are also call­ing on the Na­tional As­sem­bly and the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion to look into this mat­ter. The ex­cesses of the Nige­ria Po­lice are be­com­ing wor­ri­some.”

The rights ac­tivist added that the po­lice were not above the law, adding that Imon­ima’s daugh­ter would be psy­cho­log­i­cally trau­ma­tised when­ever she re­alised that her fa­ther’s dis­ap­pear­ance was as a re­sult of po­lice ex­cesses.

• Imon­ima

• Chid­inma and her child

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