CSO seeks IG’S intervention over suspect’s disappearance from custody
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.
• Chidinma and her child