IIP-SARS submits final report to NHRC, tasks FG …. As Ojukwu optimistic on Implementation

The Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations by the defunct SARS and other units of the Nigerian Police (IIP-SARS) on Tuesday presented its report to the National Human Rights Commission after the payment of N438 million to 100 victims in the last 10 months.   The Executive Secretary of the Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu (SAN) who received the report on behalf of the Chairperson of the Governing Council of the Commission, Dr. Salamatu Suleiman, noted that Justice Galadima-led panel has dedicated the last two years hearing over 200 petitions…

NHRC awards N289.3m compensation to Police brutality victims

The Independent Investigative Panel on Special Anti-Robbery Squad IIP-SARS through National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, today 14th Wednesday,2022 awarded a sum of N 287million compensation to 74 victims of police brutality.   The IIP-SARS was set up by the Federal Government in November 2020 following the “ENDSARS Protest” which was triggered by nationwide allegations of Police brutality.   The panel under the supervision of National Human Rights Commission NHRC conducted public hearing/investigation on violations of human rights by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and other police units. While speaking,…

IIP – SARS issues arrest Warrant on CP Ochogwu …. Directs NHRC to petition LPDC over his fragrant disobedience to its order

The Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations by the defunct SARS and other units of the Nigerian Police Force on Monday issued a warrant of arrest on the Commissioner of Police in charge of legal services at the Force Headquarters, CP Ochogwu, in respect of the alleged enforced disappearance and unlawful arrest and detention of John Emeka Alozie by the Force since 25th of June, 2017.   The CP was on several occasions ordered to appear before the panel with the case file of the victim, Alozie but up…

IIP-SARS gives Lawyer till April 20 to take over petitions against Abba Kyari

The Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations by the defunct SARS and other units of the Nigerian Police Force (IIP-SARS) on Wednesday gave Abdullahi Haruna (SAN) who is counsel to the suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari one more chance to appear before it in respect of pending petitions involving the DCP. Dr Garba Tetengi (SAN) gave this directive before adjourning till April 20th, 2022, a petition of alleged unlawful arrest and detention, torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment brought against Abba Kyari and Inspector General of…

IIP-SARS: You won’t be awarded compensation, Police Counsel tells Complainant

A Police counsel,Mr. Malik Taiwo has stated before the Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations by the Defunct SARS and other units of the Nigerian police force that a complainant before the panel Mr. Emenike Umezuruike should not be awarded any compensation because he was not detained by the police and his evidence not convincing enough.   Taiwo while reading his written address said the testimony given by the complainant should be dismissed citing the fact that no independent witness has corroborated his testimony before the panel.   According…

N5.2B claim by Petitioner not our headache, Police counsel tells IIP-SARS

Counsel to the Nigeria police, Mr. Fidelis Ogobe has told the Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations by the defunct SARS and other Units of the Nigerian Police Force that Nigeria Police will not oppose the N5.2 billion naira claim by a petitioner, Ifechukwu Okolie, provided he can prove his case of unlawful arrest ,detention and extra judicial killing beyond reasonable doubt.   The police lawyer noted that no amount of money can be enough for the loss of life of any individual even as he however prayed the…

IGP-IRT was paid to kill Ebuka Aniegu Extra-Judicially, Petitioner’s Counsel tells IIP-SAR

A Petitioner’s counsel, Ifeanyi Agu on Thursday alleged before the Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations by the Defunct SARS and other units of the Nigerian Police Force that certain persons who would not want their names to be mentioned disclosed that the Police were bribed to extra-judicially killed Ebuka Aniegu whom they arrested and detained in 2019 over allegations of armed robbery and rape.     It was on this reason,the lawyer noted, that warranted the filing of the petition by Nnenna Aniegu before the panel, alleging unlawful…

DEATH IN CUSTODY: Police Counsel, Petitioners’ Lawyer disagree over Victims’ compensations 

The Nigerian Police Force on Wednesday told the Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations by SARS and other Units of the Nigerian Force that the family of late CSP Akor Ude ismore entitled to N20 million compensation and not late Peter Ekwelor’s family.     A member of Police legal team Fidelis Ogwobe based his argument on the fact that there was evidence that the police officer was killed by Odekpe Community in Anambra state but the cause of death of Peter Ekwelor is yet to be fathomed.  …

We ‘ll not shift ground until Police produce Alozie’s Case file – IIP-SARS

For the umpteenth time at the independent Investigative Panel on defunct SARS and other units of the Nigerian Police Force, the orders of the panel were again flagrantly disobeyed by the Commissioner of Police Legal, Mr. Ogbeh Ochogwu, of the Force Headquarters Abuja.     The panel has taken a firm decision not to shift ground but to go ahead and do the needful whether or not its orders are obeyed by the police to produce the case file of Mr.John Emeka Alozie.     It would be recalled that…

IGP has access to IRT files whether Abba Kyari is there or Not – IIP-SARS

The Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violation by the defunct SARS and other Units of the Nigerian Police force has stated that the Inspector General of Police,IGP Usman Alkali Baba has access to the files and other relevant records at the IGP Intelligence Response Team Unit (IRT).   Dr. Garba Tetengi SAN. Stated this in a case of alleged unlawful arrest and detention, torture cruel and inhuman, and degrading treatment brought against DCP Abba Kyari by the families of Yakubu Danjuma, Ibrahim Daniel, and Choji Dung .   Dr.…