Friday, November 26

#EndSARS panel orders Police to produce accused officers, victim’s death certificate


The National Human Rights Commission’s panel in Abuja has ordered the police to produce the three officers linked to the extrajudicial killing of Ovoke Godwin, a victim who died in police custody.

Isah Hasaan, A chief superintendent of police was ordered by the panel to provide proof of the death of the victim so as to unravel the situation that led to Mr Ovoke’s death.

Onome Juliet, counsel to the petitioner, told the panel that the documents were necessary to enable them prove that the victim was treated while in police custody before he died.

What you should know

Chairman of the panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima (rtd) noted the need for the officers to appear before the panel on November 24, the next adjourned date to help clarify issues emanating from the death of the victim.

The panel was saddled with the responsibility of investigating all human rights violations issues by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Police.

According to the police, the deceased was arrested for alleged armed robbery incident in Delta State. They claimed Mr Ovoke jumped out of a moving van in an attempt to escape.

The three officers are Sergeant Musa, Sergeant Lucky Kehinde and Sergeant Lucky Okuku. These were the officers in the vehicle when the victim was said to have jumped off thereby sustaining severe injuries that led to his death.

The petition respondents included: CSP Isah Hassan (DPO Abraka), Mr Odiri Emeni, Head of Igun Vigilante, Ethiope East Local Government, Delta State, Commissioner of Police, Delta State, and Inspector General of Police.

In case you missed it

Nairametrics reported on October 23, that the Edo State Government said it will compensate victims of police brutality during the #EndSARS protests with N190 million.

Nairametrics also reported that the FG stated that it will compensate the victims of the EndSARS protests within each state, in collaboration with the modalities for the settlement of all monetary compensations awarded by the panels.



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