The Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations by the defunct SARS ordered arrest of three personnel in Delta State Police Command

The Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations by the defunct Special Anti-robbery Squad, SARS has ordered the arrest of three sergeants, Lucky Okuku, Musa Sunday and Lucky Kehinde of the Delta State Police Command.

The Acting Chairman of the panel, Mr. Garba Tetengi made the order in Abuja due to their failure to appear before it to defend a case of alleged violation of right to life and extra judicial killing of one Ovoke Onomrerhino.

The panel has continued to express worry over what it described as careless attitude of most indicted police officers.

The Investigating Police Officer in charge of the matter, Mr. Kambari Tambari had testified before the panel on the 3rd of December last year that, while on investigative mission, the three police Sergeants Lucky Okuku, Musa Sunday and Lucky Kehinde were with Ovoke Onomrerhino in the van when he jumped out from the moving vehicle and was confirmed dead in the hospital.

Though the panel summoned the sergeants to appear before it on the 23rd of last month and 15th of this month, they did not show up on the two adjourned dates, in spite of the fact that the Police Liaison Officer at the panel, Mr. Eristo Lambilliri said he communicated the summons to them.

The Acting Chairman of the panel, Mr. Garba Tetengi expressed worry that the Nigeria Police Force was not taking the proceedings seriously because most of its indicted officers had failed to honor its summons.

Mr. Tetengi said the panel would not allow the police to stall its work.

The representatives of the Nigeria Bar Association and that of the Civil Society at the panel, Mr. John Aikpokpo-Martins and Dr. Lydia Umar expressed disappointment over what they described as the inability of the police to present their officers for accountability.

Four other cases bordering on denial of access to justice, violation of right to life and personal liberty, unlawful arrest and detention and abuse of office slated for defense could not be heard as all the police officers indicted in the matter did not show up despite summons.

The cases were adjourned until the 14th of next month.

Bose Ijelekhai

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