#EndSARS panel orders IGP to present detainees held by police since 2019

The #EndSARS panel investigating cases of police brutality in Abuja ordered Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba on Tuesday to come forward with three people who are said to have been detained since December 2019. Family members had petitioned the panel, claiming that the IGP-Intelligence Response Team (IGP-IRT) illegally arrested the trio, Danjuma Yakubu, Ibrahim Daniel and Choji Dung, on December 13 and 17, 2019. One of the petitioners, Ismail Mairungo, is said to be the brother of Mr. Yakubu and Mr. Daniel, and the other petitioner, Blessing Choji-Dung, is said to be the wife of Mr. Dung. Both submitted a joint petition to the #EndSARS panel, raising accusations of “unlawful arrest, detention, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” inflicted by IGP-IRT agents against the alleged victims. The IGP-IRT, at the time of the alleged incident, was led by Abba Kyari, a suspended deputy police commissioner, now facing cocaine charges in Nigeria and fraud charges in the United States of America. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the two petitioners testified on March 3, 2022, appealing to the #EndSARS panel to help them secure the release of their relatives after more than two years of detention. The panel, after their testimony, adjourned the case until March 8 (today) for cross-examination and defense by the police. Tuesday hearing But, on Tuesday, the police, who were absent during the petitioners’ statements, requested an adjournment to give them time to familiarize themselves with the petition and the minutes of the previous proceedings with the testimonies. Police attorney James Idachaba noted that it was difficult to link any police officer to the case, as the petitioners, he said, did not mention the names of any police officers involved. He added that Blessing Ezeala, the lawyer in charge of the cases involving the IGP-IRT, was absent. Therefore, he urged the panel to issue and deliver an order to the IGP office for the production of the alleged detainees. Following the request, the #EndSARS panel ordered the IGP, who is named as the second defendant in the case, to present the alleged victims on March 11 (Friday). Background Mr. Mairungo, in his March 3 testimony, told the panel that his two brothers among the three detainees were arrested on December 13, 2019. He said that Mr. Yakubu, who said he was a police officer serving in the police riot unit in Jada, Adamawa state, was arrested after getting permission from his commander to visit his family. He did not elaborate on the arrest of his other brother, Mr. Daniel, other than telling the panel that Mr. Yakubu had come to see him on the day of his arrest. For her part, Ms. Choji-Dung told the #EndSARS panel how the IGP-IRT arrested her husband on December 17, 2019. She said that she had received a call from Mr. Yakubu, who she said was her friend, to go out. of the house She said that she followed her husband outside only to see IGP-IRT agents take him away. ALSO READ: EndSARS panel summons police officers, as woman recounts her husband’s murder He added that he immediately went to a nearby police station to report the incident, but was told that the team was from Abuja. Mr. Mairungo and Ms. Choji-Dung told the panel that they had not seen the three detainees since their arrest more than two years ago. They said they took the matter to court and obtained a court order ordering the police to release or charge the arrested people in court, but the police ignored the order. panel failure In its ruling issued by its interim president, Garba Tetengi, Nigeria’s senior lawyer, the panel ordered the IGP to present the detainees in its proceedings on March 11 (Friday). But he set March 22 for the cross-examination of the petitioners and the defense by the police. The panel established after the October 2020 #EndSARS protest against police brutality is investigating petitions for alleged human rights violations committed by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other police units. Established by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the 11-man Independent Investigation Panel, commonly known as #EndSARS, will recommend compensation for victims of police brutality or their family members at the end of their hearing. You are also expected to refer police officers who have made mistakes for disciplinary action or prosecution in appropriate circumstances. advertisements Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; #EndSARS panel orders IGP to present detainees held by police since 2019