We commend and welcome the decision of Inspector general of Police, IGP, Adamu Mohammed to disband the satellite offices and bases of the Inspector- General of Police Intelligence Response Unit (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS); and we believe his decision was in response to the numerous complaints and public outcry concerning the notoriety of the operatives of these units who regularly engage in human rights violations, brutality, violence, corruption and abuse.
The operatives took advantage of the attachment of ‘Inspector general of Police’ to their names to commit crimes and abuses in the name of the IGP; they conducted themselves in the most appallingly unprofessional ways, placed themselves above the law and were unaccountable in their operations.
A JOINT CSO STATEMENT ON THE DIRECTIVE BY THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE, MR. ADAMU MOHAMMED, DISBANDING THE SATELLITE OFFICES AND BASES OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE INTELLIGENCE RESPONSE UNIT (IRT) AND THE SPECIAL TACTICAL SQUAD (STS)
The undersigned leaders of notable civil society organisations and coalitions across Nigeria have noted the recent directive by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr. Adamu Mohammed disbanding the satellite offices and bases of the Inspector- General of Police Intelligence Response Unit (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS).
We have also observed the mixed reactions that have trailed that directive as well as intensified campaigns from some quarters aimed at pressuring the IGP to reverse himself based on their perceptions and opinions about the advertised achievements of the IRT Commander, DCP Abba Kyari.
Pattern of blatant abuse and corruption by IRT and STS
As notable leaders of civil society organizations in Nigeria most of whose organisations are involved in daily monitoring and documenting of the conduct of law enforcement agencies and are also reputable advocates of police reform and law enforcement accountability, we wish to state our position from informed and unbiased perspective, and hereby state as follows, that:
We commend and welcome the decision of IGP Adamu Mohammed to disband the satellite offices and bases of the IRT and STS; and we believe his decision was in response to the numerous complaints and public outcry concerning the notoriety of the operatives of these units who regularly engage in human rights violations, brutality, violence, corruption and abuse. The operatives took advantage of the attachment of ‘Inspector general of Police’ to their names to commit crimes and abuses in the name of the IGP; they conducted themselves in the most appallingly unprofessional ways, placed themselves above the law and were unaccountable in their operations. Their excesses were so menacing that even Senior Police Officers, including DPOs, Area Commanders and Commissioners of Police could not control them. They became so unbearably lawless that senior officers in states complained. One senior officer in one state lamented thus: ‘the personnel of IRT in the field are indeed doing everything they possibly can to bring that once reputable team to opprobrium…tales of their activities here have become a sing song amongst Policemen. The CP has continually decried their impunity, recklessness and unprofessional conduct. In fact, no Division or Area Command accepts suspects from them anymore. It’s a pity, but we need people like you to continue to point all these out and maybe, just maybe the top echelon will come to terms with all these and take a decisive action to stem the ebb’.
We are not unmindful of the operational exploits of the IRT in particular, under commander DCP Abba Kyari, in arresting some high-profile kidnap suspects and successfully setting free some kidnap victims. However, many of the operatives recklessly engaged in excesses and atrocities – ranging from abductions, detention, torture and extortion of huge sums of money from targeted victims and illegally confiscated and converted money and properties recovered or belonging to many of the persons they arrested for their personal use. Some of our organisations intervened in some cases and our findings were that many of the victims were innocent of the crimes for which they were abducted, maltreated and extorted of huge sums of money. In fact, the operatives exploited and turned their call to combat crime into an opportunity to commit crime by harassing, intimidating, maltreating and extorting huge funds from victims most of whom were framed with false accusations. We will illustrate with specific examples.
We recognize that the IGP’s directive reorganizing the IRT and STS by bringing them under control would facilitate transparent and accountable operations. Most of the atrocities that have dented the image of the police were carried out at the satellite bases where the operatives acted with impunity. Their reckless activities and the public outcry over their excesses justify the IGP’s directive disbanding their satellite bases leaving only the headquarters offices now placed under the SIB.
It is our belief that the IRT and such other non-regular units within the NPF can work with personnel in the various state commands who will be under the strict supervision and control of the State Commissioners who will in turn be held responsible for any excesses and failures of the operatives or failure to hold them accountable for breach of due process.
We call on the IGP to further ensure that numerous allegations and complaints against particular operatives contained in several pending petitions by several organizations and individuals and in reports by notable organizations such as Amnesty International, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC), among others are investigated and officers responsible for abuse, corruption and misconduct brought to account.
We have noted what appears like desperate efforts by some people, including those who claim to be ‘security experts’, kicking and pushing a campaign against the IGP’s directives disbanding the satellite offices of IRT and STS; we have also noted the sudden emergence of some hitherto unknown entities masquerading as ‘civil society organizations’, attacking the IGP’s directive and calling for a reversal. These unknown entities attempted to ignore the hard facts regarding abuses and overreach by IRT operatives and their lack of accountability and due process in their operations.
We believe that the IGP’s intervention was warranted, necessary and appropriate and should have come earlier than now.
While we do not discountenance the exploits of the IRT in arresting some high-profile kidnap suspects and rescuing some victims, the need to reorganize these units and enhance their professionalism and effectiveness and make them accountable is not disputed. It is important that the IGP has taken the first right step in the right direction. He should take the further step to ensure that personnel involved in criminal conducts of torture and extortion are investigated and punished accordingly for deterrence.
For the purpose of illustration, we itemize hereunder, few of the numerous shocking instances of the criminal activities and human rights atrocities of the personnel of the IRT and STS in the states so Nigerians can see their true colors. The cases cited below illustrate how many of the operatives engaged in abductions, detention, torture and extortion of targeted victims. They appropriate exhibits and illegally seized funds and properties not connected to any crime, convert them to their private use and also demand bribes in millions to release their victims.
Sample Cases of Police abuse and corruption
In summary, we present at the end of this statement, just a few of a multiplicity of cases to illustrate the problem and pattern of blatant abuse and corruption by IRT and STS. There are more cases than the number presented hereunder.
A public hearing will afford many victims the opportunity to bring their cases forward and testify about their experiences and ordeals in the hands of these unscrupulous operatives and unveil more gory stories if the IGP needs more proof.
In all of these, the head of IRT did nothing to stop the extortion and torture even when he promised to do so. There is no record that anyone has been brought to book in IRT on account of these unconscionable practices. Rather he tries to shield his men from investigation as the case of Ezenwa, presented under, will show.
It was a crying shame what our tactical squads became before their disbandment by the IGP. The culture of impunity that led to the stop gap created to maintain sanity within the operations of the Police before the new IGP assumed office was gathering steam again with the unprofessional daily engagements of men at the IGP-IRT.
We have since lost 82 Nigerians and several others to extra judicial killings, abductions, indiscriminate harassment and arrests amidst other unprofessional conducts of Police officers due to the failure of the leadership to hold them accountable. Not a single officer attached to SARS, SACS, SAKS, STS, ZIS, IRT and other units has been brought to book on account of their daily deployment of torture against innocent citizens despite the provisions of the Anti-Torture Act of 2017 and other extant national and international laws that prohibit human rights infringement.
The IGP-IRT was making the news almost every day for the wrong reasons and because unruly personnel have never been held to account, they continued to repeat their crimes, emboldened.
We currently live in a country where we are 20 times more likely to be killed by Police officers than by a terrorist. Suffice to say that majority of our tactical squads have no become criminal enterprises abducting citizens for ransom under the guise of fighting fraud.
We believe that the IGP wants to leave a better legacy and therefore considered taking the belated action in response to the organized crime syndicate running within the IGP-IRT as nothing proves the deployment of intelligence in their operations given our years of monitoring the Unit.
As shown in the cases itemized under, we had to, on many occasions, bring few of these cases and our concerns directly to the attention of the Commanders of these units without presenting them publicly. But nothing changed. The IGP’s action is a welcome response to public outcry and outrage over these atrocities. The state offices must remain closed and the unit must operate professionally, respect human rights, shun corruption and be accountable.
1. We call on the IGP to, in addition to the disbandment of the satellite offices of the IRT and STS, order investigations into the various cases and allegation of unlawful detention, extortion, torture and other egregious abuses committed by any of the personnel of the units across the states
2. We call for a review of all cases handled by the IRT and STS and an audit of all the funds and properties confiscated by them either as exhibits or illegally confiscated properties and determine to what extent some or all of these were converted to personal use by the operatives. They must be retrieved and returned to their owners.
3. We call for training for police officers, especially of the units, on the various laws and legislation that impinge on police operations, including the Antitorture Act 2017, Force Order 237 and the UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials as well as the Guidelines for Law Enforcement Agencies on Covid-19 Enforcement, among others to enhance their professional efficiency
4. We call on the IGP to support a Public Hearing to be conducted by Civil Society Organisations in collaboration with the NPF and the National Human Rights Commission which will afford victims the opportunity to come forward and tell their own stories and seek redress.
CASE 1 (Received from Anambra State)
Mr. Francis Eze, a trader at Onitsha Medicine Market (Ogbogwu) was arrested on Wednesday 18th of March, 2020 by officers of IRT. He was on his way to Owerri in his Sienna car when he was accosted by the IRT officers who operated in a Hurma Bus.
The officers ordered him out from his own car and ordered him into their own bus while one of their officers drove his car. They instantly seized his phone; collected his wristwatch and gold necklace and handcuffed him.
They put one number in his phone, dialed it and the name “Africa” popped up. They asked him who Africa was and he told them that his real name is Edmund, a trader also in Ogbogwu Market and that Edmund is his friend in the market. They told him that the reason they arrested him was that he was in constant communication with Edmund and that they wanted him to take them to Edmund’s house.
Francis told them he didn’t know Edmund’s house but that he could take them to Edmund’s shop in the market. They claimed that Edmund allegedly sold tramadol medicine to some people in their custody who told them that they bought tramadol from Edmund. They told Francis that he is not telling the truth and that they would “teach him a lesson when they get to Owerri”. They drove him to Owerri, at the SARS Office at the State Police Headquarters, Owerri where they subjected him to all manner torture, including “hanging” to compel him to admit what they wanted him to admit. They were intent on extracting Edmund’s residential address from him even when he told them he didn’t know the address. He maintained that he didn’t know Edmund’s residence but that he could take them to Edmund’s shop in the market.
They detained him in Owerri, and the following day they took him to Kaduna where they further detained him with others they arrested in connection to the said tramadol business.
Francis was eventually released alongside others on Friday the 20th in Kaduna while his vehicle was still held in their custody in Owerri. They also did not return his phone, wristwatch and gold necklace to him. All these properties belonging to Francis have remained in their custody for yet to be explained reasons.
Shockingly, upon Francis’ return, one of the persons who was also arrested, one Donatus Ajamma approached him and started demanding the sum of Eleven Million Naira (N11,000,000.) his own contribution of the total sum of Seventy Million Naira (N70,000,000.) he purportedly paid for their ‘bail’. Mr. Ajamma claimed that unless Francis paid him the said N11Milion, his vehicle and other properties will not be released to him by the IRT, as the IRT allegedly agreed with him (Ajamma).
Even though the rest of the persons arrested insisted that the tramadol they sold was the 100g, which is not prohibited (the one prohibited is the 220g), Francis had no crime alleged against him apart from the fact that the officers wanted him to take them to Edmund’s house.
When Francis brought this case to our attention for intervention, to secure the release of his properties, RULAAC contacted DCP Abba Kyari, who promised to investigate and that his car would be released if he is not a Drug Dealer. The car was eventually released. But the other items (wristwatch and gold necklace) were still with them. ASP Abdulrahman (the Officer in Kaduna) asked them to come to Kaduna and collect those ones. We asked him to send them via courier as the distance to Kaduna is far and there was still ban on interstate travel, but he said that they will have to release the items on bond.
We explained that those things were not exhibits but personal properties and should have been given back to him alongside his clothes upon his release from custody but he insisted on Francis travelling to Kaduna
We further told DCP Abba Kyari and he asked his officers to send the items to Owerri IRT office, so that they will sign the papers and collect them.
CASE 2 (Received form Anambra State)
Onyebuchi Okonkwo informed us about the case of his brother, Ikechuchu Okonkwo, a trader at Bridgehead Market, Onitsha who was arrested on Monday the 8th of June, 2020 by a team of officers led by one Supol Kingsley of the IGP-IRT, Abuja. Ikechukwu was initially detained at Area Command Onitsha.
The case was that one Chinedu Itumo, another trader at the same market where Ikechukwu does business, was alleged to have received stolen goods, which were from a container of goods (Dolmar parts) belonging to one Chief Ezeemo. The said container belonging to Chief Ezeemo was said to have been diverted by criminals from whom Chinedu received the goods.
There was no mention of Ikechukwu in connection with the said crime. The police said that their investigation on Chinedu revealed that Chinedu had transferred some money into Ikechukwu’s account for the ‘people’. This was the report that Chinedu gave when he was arrested few days later.
Ikechukwu, in his own story, explained to the police that he had no transaction whatsoever with Chinedu in person. But that he has a neighbor, one Aaron (Aaron shares the same shop with Ikechukwu). Aaron had approached Ikechukwu and asked him if he has an UBA account. He said that Chinedu wanted to pay him some debt but that he needed UBA account as, according to Chinedu, UBA was having issues with transfer to other banks. That was how Ikechukwu obliged him and gave his UBA account to Aaron who gave same to Chinedu. When Chinedu transferred the money to Ikechukwu’s account he subsequently transferred same amount to Aaron’s account. He clearly stated in the transaction details on (WhatsApp) that it is “MONEY FROM CHINEDU”. This is clearly shown in Ikechukwu’s bank records. Chinedu did not eventually deny the above statement by Ikechukwu.
Ikechukwu’s brothers approached the officers for the release of Ikechukwu as there was clearly nothing that linked him to the crimes being investigated. Though they initially asked them to pay money for Ikechukwu’s release, they later declined insisting that they must contact their Commander, DCP Abba Kyari who, according to them, was the only person that can order the release of their brother.
When they reached back to the police the next morning, they were informed that the officers had left for Abuja the previous night with Ikechukwu. Ikechukwu had spent 10 days in detention as at the date Ikechukwu was arrested.
They sought for our intervention. They said Ikechukwu was sick and completely innocent of the matter being investigated by the police. The police officers confirmed this but still refused to release him.
Ikechukwu’s brother, Onyebuchi Okonkwo had to travel to Abuja and the officers in Abuja asked him to look for a civil servant working in Abuja as surety. This was very stringent as they have nobody in Abuja.
The operatives later took Ikechukwu to the bank to check his statement of account. When they saw his account balance, they demanded that he should pay them One Million Naira. Ikechukwu appeared helpless in the face of the threats, intimidation and torture he suffered in the cell.
When his brother informed us, we contacted DCP Abba Khari on 6/19/20 and asked them not to pay anything. He eventually was forced to pay using a POS.
When we informed Abba Kyari of this development, he asked for ‘the evidence that he paid money because the in thing now is to mention money whenever u are arrested and released. We need evidence for us to take action and recover their money and punish earring officers. Even the court of law needs evidence to convict accused persons.’
We then asked the victim to narrate how the money was collected from him. He wrote:
The IPO, Insp Oshi first took us to one woman who said she’s an officer attached to STS. She provided the following account details:
2080756112, Susan Maruwa, Zenith bank
We transferred the sum of N560,000.00 to the account, which was meant for the following: #500,000.00 bail fee; #50,000 for the IPO- he said it’s for his personal intervention and 10,000.00 for the POS service charge.
Incidentally, after sending the money and getting confirmation that the transaction was successful, Susan said that she hasn’t gotten alert, and so cannot release the money. We pleaded with the IPO to no avail that the money has been sent and that they would confirm it. The IPO insisted that he must receive cash before releasing my brother. (There’s an audio recording evidencing this)
Then the IPO took us to another person (a restaurant woman) who also run POS service and she provided the following account:
2256204926, Helen Okoeka, Zenith Bank
We also transferred the sum of #560,000. 00., meant to be disbursed as stated earlier. Luckily, Helen immediately confirmed the transfer and gave us cash, which we handed over to the IPO as stated.
In the evening, around 3pm, Susan- the woman we made the earlier transfer to brought the cash when she eventually confirmed the transaction. And because we didn’t want to carry cash around, we took it to Helen who transferred it back to us also at a charge (but this time she had pity on us and collected #5,000.00 instead of #10,000.00 she said they usually collect).
We paid the money in cash to Insp Oshi. An investigation on the bank accounts we mentioned will confirm all that we have said. All this happened on Saturday 20th June, 2020.
After we sent this to Abba Kyari, along with the audio recording of the transaction, the IPO started calling Ikechukwu asking him why he was doing this to him! Ikechukwu replied him that there’s no way he would not report everything they did to him to us.
Upon receiving the narrative by the victim, DCP Abba Kyari replied: ‘Will act on this correct evidence’.
He later told us: ‘The Team leader Fasasi told me the surety will enter Abuja today and I have warned the IPO to return anything he most have collected from them immediately. Action will be taken against the Inspr too. U will get feedback soonest’. We didn’t get to heart of any action taken against the corrupt officer
On 6/26/20, Abba Kyari informed us that he had ordered his release on bail but stating that ‘his account statement with us shows he Received the payment for the stolen goods that was sold but he just remitted 50k to the other guy hence the money they bought the goods is still with him because bank records shows he used the money Personal’.
A young man who was facing harassment from some operatives of IRT in Ogun State contacted RULAAC. His brother and friend were arrested in his absence as a bait to lure him to the station for a false allegation of armed robbery. One of the officers who arrested his brother was calling him repeatedly asking him to bring the sum of two hundred thousand Naira for them to release his brother and then end the manhunt on him. RULAAC got him to record the officer negotiating bribe with him on phone. He recorded their conversation at the next call and forwarded the voice record to us. We forwarded the voice to the team leader who immediately released his brother and ended the manhunt on him after listening to the scandalizing audio. The Team leader also pleaded that we should not make the audio public or report to superior authority. We still have the audio.
A 36-year-old woman was arrested by men of the Intelligence Response Team at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters on July 14, 2017 at Igando, Lagos State.
According to her, she was arrested in lieu of her husband whom the police alleged was an accomplice to Evans currently being tried for various kidnapping cases.
She narrated in tears how she was violently manhandled in the process of arrest and taken into detention at the Lagos State Police Command. While in detention she was beaten with all sorts of objects, verbally and physically assaulted to the point of coma. The police officers who carried out these acts according to her included one Philip, Christian and Idowu. She received serious injuries to her forehead, scars of which she still carries.
Her husband, thinking it was a case of kidnap reported the case to the Igando Police Station. She was later led by the police to arrest her husband at their home in Igando and the husband, Linus Okpara a Civil Engineer was detained for several weeks at the IRT office in Lagos and is currently facing trial.
At the time of her arrest, Mrs. Okpara was nursing a baby who was delivered prematurely. But the police ignored this and still took her into detention for over two weeks.
The police collected N50, 000 from her brother purportedly to release her.
The police took her to their home and collected the few valuables they could lay hands on, including a rechargeable fan, ladies’ handbags which she sells and the husband’s car, a Toyota Camry, 1999 model. They further collected N40, 000, N5, 000 and another N20, 000 from her husband.
Her sister was threatened and intimidated at the police command and N1.000 collected from her for recharge card. On august 9, the police demanded another N170, 000 out of which N100, 000 was given to them.
Her humble request is fair and speedy trial for her husband and for the release of her husband’s car which has nothing to do with the alleged crime for which he is standing trial. Her major worry is her husband’s poor and deteriorating state of health which the police themselves acknowledged and were offering minimal medical treatment. He is asthmatic and has a growing hyena for which he was preparing for surgery before his arrest.
This case was one of the cases reported in Amnesty International’s report released in June 2020 entitled ‘Time to End Impunity: Torture and Other Violations by Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) under the sub caption TARGETING MONEY AND PROPERTY Amnesty International said that it’s research suggests that financial gain – rather than curbing armed robbery and other forms of criminal activity – appears to be one of the motivating factors of the SARS, as they constantly raid public places frequented by young people, in order to extort money from them. The report stated ‘Evidence collected indicates that SARS officers regularly demand bribes, steal and extort money from criminal suspects and their families. Additionally, SARS officers act outside of their legal ambit by investigating civil matters and in some cases torturing detainees involved in contractual, business and even non-criminal disputes. Most victims of ill-treatment by the SARS are usually poor. Many are arrested by the SARS officers during large dragnet operations involving mass arrests, including raids on bars and television viewing centres, and ordered to pay a bribe to be released. Those who are unable to pay are often tortured, either as punishment or to coerce them to find the money. The alternative is to risk being labelled as an armed robber. In most cases, this occurs with the full knowledge and acquiescence of superior police officers. Since 2016, Amnesty International has documented 15 cases where SARS officers arbitrarily confiscated the property of suspects of crime, in clear contravention of the Nigerian constitution.
Gift Ezenwa, a 32-year-old woman, told Amnesty International that her husband, Collins Ezenwa was executed by SARS on 27 January 2017 in Owerri, Imo State, after being accused of kidnapping. Her husband, a 35-year-old ex-police officer, was accused of armed robbery and kidnapping by the police. On 27 January 2018, the police paraded his dead body and the bodies of three of his associates. The police announced that they were killed during a gunfire fight with SARS officers at Owerri. Gift’s lawyer however told Amnesty international that the photo released by SARS Imo State Command suggested that the deceased persons were arrested at a police checkpoint and taken to the SARS station in Owerri, where they were executed.
Two months after the death of Collins Ezenwa, the police arrested four of his relatives and extorted various sums of money from them. One of the relatives, a 48-year-old trader, told Amnesty International that he was arrested in his village in Imo State and taken to Lagos, where he was detained for two weeks. He paid N1 million ($2,777) to the police before he was released.
Gift also told Amnesty International how another police unit, the Intelligence Response Unit (IRT), made elaborate plans to illegally confiscate family assets, including cash, buildings and business assets. All our vehicles have been unlawfully confiscated by the police and converted to their personal use… I saw one policeman using my car and… was driving the Sienna my husband gave his cousin… Our hotel has been taken over by the police. I was informed that our Prado jeep is being used by SARS for patrols. Our hotel is currently managed by someone appointed by the police and he renders account to the police. The hotel makes a cash turnover of about N12m every month. To ensure that I have nothing, the police went to a furniture shop at New Haven where my husband made a cash deposit of N2, 200,000. 00 for a set of house furniture and retrieved the money from them… One of my brothers was arrested and everything of value he had, including money was taken by the police… The police have also stopped our tenants from paying rent to me. I have absolutely nothing. The police IPO warned me to cooperate with them and comply with their instructions and not to involve lawyers in my discussions with them. He said that he knew that I was innocent, but my husband made billions within two months, that I married him for his money. That my husband must have been a kidnapper or stumbled on money, but that men who stumble on money do not display wealth like he (my husband) had done… One policeman advised me to cooperate and work with the police, so that the police would give me “something” (a token) from my late husband’s estate; that when police kill men like my husband “they must collect” (make money) or make sure that everything is wasted.
Amnesty International confirmed that there was no judicial order authorising the police to confiscate Ezenwa’s property until 22 September 2019, much later than the date on which the police had illegally confiscated it. Amnesty International saw a court document where the police made application for authorisation to confiscate the late Ezenwa’s assets. The application was dated 10 December 2018, several months after the properties were seized. Amnesty International also saw another court order rejecting the request of the police to freeze the bank account of Collins Ezenwa. The police had approached a magistrate court, requesting an order to freeze a bank account jointly owned by the late Collins Ezenwa and his wife. The police, however, proceeded to freeze the bank account.
On 14 January 2019, a police officer attached to the Intelligence Response Unit (IRT) told the presidential investigation panel on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) that he had supervised the confiscation of Ezenwa’s property in Enugu. He, however, failed to produce any court documents authorising the police action. Amnesty International wrote to the Inspector General of Police in November 2018, asking for an investigation, but did not get a response. Senior police officer later informed Amnesty International that the police had started investigating the case. Further inquiry by Amnesty International in May 2020 indicated that the investigation was still ongoing. However, none of the SARS officers involved in the killing of Ezenwa have been removed from their duties and none have been prosecuted.
Involvement in Political Cases
The arrest of Agba Jalingo on the orders of the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade for exposing his corrupt practices and his indefinite detention by the Cross River State Police Command followed his arrest on August 22, 2019 by operatives of the IGP- IRT in Lagos. He remained in incommunicado police detention for several months. Agba Jalingo was arrested in Lagos and driven by road to Calabar where he was detained without being charged to court for several months.
(Received from Edo State)
The supreme Court delivered judgement judgment in AIGBOBAHI VS. AIFUWA (2006)6 NWLR PT 976 @ 270. The surveyor general of Edo state led others for execution and demarcation. The judgement debtors obstructed them with the assistance of thugs. Persons were injured and some others killed. The Edo state police command ordered arrest. The culprits engaged IRT. They removed the file from the Edo state police command and kept it to stop investigation. in other murder cases against the community of Ikhuen Obo, the judgement debtors, the IRT, stopped the Iguomon community members from giving evidence in the court. On the 18/06/2018, I wrote to IGP, COMMISSIONER FOR JUSTICE, EDO STATE and THE PRESIDING JUDGE of criminal court 5, a letter headed: THE UNSEEMING BEHAVIOUR, ABUSE AND WRONG USE OF OFFICE BY INSP FESTUS IDIA OF THE IRT, EDO SECTION AND ATTEMPT TO PREVENT OWENAZE JOHNBULL FROM GIVING EVIDENCE IN A PENDING MURDER CASE. On the same case we wrote to national human rights commission and the police service commission. The police service commission sent certain persons to come to Edo state to hold meeting with parties on the allegations. The present IGP, after listening to them gave the conference room at zone,5, for the interview. During the interview, IRT officers came to the venue and arrested the complainant, JOHNBULL OSENAZE for daring to call the police service commission into their matter. They refused to respect the AIG who is the present IGP who tried to stop them, the Edo cop could not also help. Till Today OWENAZE JOHNBULL’s car is with Festus IDIA. He has insisted on 700k
(Received from Edo State)
On the 7th day of November, 2019, DSP Paul Ehimen and his team. ITR, Edo state went to Oba market, Benin city, Edo state on mufti, they went to search for a technician who could repair their phones which they said had earpiece problem. The first persons they met told them he could not do it but took them round to those that he believed could repair the phones. After seeing the young struggling young boys, The IRT went to their Hilux and returned to them fully armed and arrested them. They took them to their office within Edo state police command amidst cry and wailing. They demanded for N500k each. The family of the victim seeing same as government kidnap resisted, particularly, the family of Bright Irabor insisted they would prefer to go to jail than buy their son out of kidnappers on government uniforms and armed with the tax payers gun. In the end Abba Kyari was contacted. To cover them up he asked that they be charged to court. The court asked DPP to file opinion and they were released because the boys were innocent. The above is the chat with Abba Kyari after voice talk
(Received from Akwa Ibom State, presented at received)
The trio Mr. Ekpene Okon, Obot Edet Essien and Nsikak Ubit were arrested by the IRT team headed by one Supol Daniel Ameh mobile number 08034941986 since 22/6/2020.
The said arrest has no complainant or any petition whatsoever from any quarter. The known information available to the family now is that this same Supol Ameh was in Akwa Ibom State between 2008 and 2012 as a Police Officer and was working with one Ekemini another Police Officer in the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the state command.
During this period there was a case involving one of those persons arrested and they extorted seriously from him then. That this Police Officer by name Ekemini is a very close friend with one of the suspects and has got to know about a business transaction which he is involving and he went and connived with Supol Ameh and have them arrested with intent to make them to release part of the money to them.
Upon their arrest, the family approached the IRT Team and requested for their bail and they said the much they can take per person is 7Million naira but they have reduced it now to 3milliomillion naira person and the wives of these people are told not to involved anybody including a lawyer with regards to their negotiation for their release.
The said Ekemini has been calling the wife telling her that she is should bring the money and using a particular phone number 09025455677 with instruction that she should not call back the number.
All the conversation between him as recorded are also forwarded below to you though in the local dialect, we believe there is a person from Akwa Ibom with you that can translate the telephone conversation between a police officer and an alleged suspect wife to you.
Upon joining of the IRT, Ameh returns back to Akwa Ibom State and Ekemini join him they went back and took the former case file of 2012 case which they investigated and released these persons on bail and according to them closed the casefile and are using same to serve as their information to make it look real that they are working.
They even informed them that the IGP is aware and that they cannot be release and that it is the IGP that request for the 9 million (that is 3 million) person as last price for them to purchase their freedom.
We are further informed that they alleged that because their team leader DCP Abba Kyari they talk directly to the IGP and this are all means of putting fear to make them to pay. The wives of these persons have been invited to come on Monday 29/6/2020 for only God knows reason. They always smuggle a phone to them and asked the suspects to speak with their families to make it look as if they are trying to help them from the demand of the IGP.
Please, we are demanding for your kind directives to the said Ameh and his team to without further delays release these people because this will seriously affect the image of the force.
We have been informed too that Ekemini though a Police officer is a member of a cult group known as “Ekpatt” and he is a very close friend to one of the suspect whom he understands all his dealing too as a member of another group called “Mafia” but very unfortunately, there is no insignia found on them or neither were they arrested during any initiation process or at unholy hour or place.
We are also informed of how a senior Police Officer who is related with one of the alleged suspects called CP Akwa Ibom and report and when they were contacted, they allegedly told all the lies in this world. Our efforts to reach DCP Abba Kyari is not possible as his two lines are switched off.
Much as we appreciate you as a Covenant Child that has help in redeeming the battered image of the Nigeria Police force to please call Supol Ameh – 08034941986 and his team to release these citizens without any other condition than what has happened so far. One of the suspects close relations which they have been calling can be reach by you on mobile number 08063066418.
The people were released when the said sum of nine million was paid
1. Okechukwu Nwanguma, Executive Director, Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre, Lagos
2. Segun Awosanya – Founder/President Social Intervention Advocacy Foundation (SIAF), Lagos
3. Justus Ijeoma, Esq, Executive Director, International Human Rights and Equity Defense Foundation (I-REF), Anambra State
4. Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Executive Director, SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C, Lagos
5. Akinfolarin Oluwaseun, Director Civic Media Lab, Lagos
6. Charles Iyare, Programme Officer, Human Rights AEEJ, Benin City
7. Saviour Akpan, Esq, COMPPART Foundation for Justice and Peacebuilding, Akwa Ibom
8. Dr Chima Amadi- Chairman, Steering Committee-Centre for Transparency Advocacy, FCT
9. Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, FCT
10. Mahmud Abdul, President, PILL- Public Interest Lawyers League, FCT
11. Iluobe Benjamin Akhabue, Environmental And Human Rights Justice Committee, Benin City
12. Uzoma Aneto, Nde Oduko Foundation (NDOF), FCT
13. Comrade Nelson Nnanna Nwafor Executive Director, Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD), Abia State
14. Chris Azor, International Peace and Civic Responsibility Centre (IPCRC), Anambra State
15. Oyebisi, B. Oluseyi, Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs, Lagos State
16. Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, Executive Director, CISLAC
17. Leftist Omobude Agho, Coordinator General, Edo Civil Society Organisations
18. Ngozi Juba, Executive Director, Vision Spring Initiative, Lagos
19. Kate Duru, Echoes of women in Africa initiative, Lagos
20. COMRADE TAIWO OTITOLAYE, Executive Director, Community Outreach for Development and Welfare Advocacy (CODWA), Kwara State
21. Ogechukwu Enwelum (Esq.), Executive Director, Divine Era Development and Social Rights Initiative(DEDASRI), Enugu State
22. Comrade James mbam-HUMAN RIGHTS LIBERTIES ACCESS AND PEACE DEFENDERS FOUNDATION(HURIDE),Delta State
23. Ayo Adebusoye, Lagos State Civil Society Partnership (LACSOP)
24. ‘Deji Ajare, Access to Justice, Lagos
25. Gbenga Soloki,(CAIDOV)
26. Legal Defence Against Injustice Initiative
27. For: ACE & VANGUARD LEGAL PRACTITIONERS:*
28. Ayodele, Emmanuel Eyitayo
S.M.A FM, LAGOS
29. Pamela Okoroigwe, Program Manager, Legal Defence and Assistance Project-LEDAP
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