Alleged Undergraduate Murder:Only Justice Can Reduce Our Pains--Witness

Alleged Undergraduate Murder:Only Justice Can Reduce Our Pains--Witness
Alleged Undergraduate Murder:Only Justice Can Reduce Our Pains--Witness

Alleged Undergraduate Murder:Only Justice Can Reduce Our Pains--Witness

From Madu Barth,Port Harcourt

A middle aged man, Obinna Anams has told the Panel on Police Brutality  sitting in Port Harcourt,Rivers State that it is only justice in the alleged murder of his younger brother,Chibuike Anams that can reduce their pains.
Obinna who stated this Thursday while testifying before a 7-man Panel of the Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Alleged Acts of Violence, Torture, Brutality, Murder and Violation of Fundamental Rights of Citizens Committed by Officers,Men and Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force,narrated how his 21 year old younger brother and undergraduate of Akwa Ibom State University was allegedly killed by the operatives of Nigerian Police on 24/7/2019 at Umuebule,in Etche Local Government Area of the State for no just cause and his corpse dumped at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital (BMH) mortuary.
According to him,it took them several months to locate his brother's body at BMH mortuary after police had denied any involvement in his sudden disappearance from home.
Obinna said his late father and him passed through hell to retrieve Chibuike's corpse for burial after they had written petitions to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Commission of Police (CP), Civil Liberty Organization (CLO) and Amnesty International for intervention.
The witness said at a time he was involved in a ghastly motor accident that almost consumed his life and had to spend months in hospital with its attendant costs,all because of the murder of his youger brother.
He said the family seeks is Justice,as no amount of compensation or money can bring back to life Chibuike.
Justice Chukwunenye Uriri rtd.after listening to the witness, adjourned the matter to 7/12/2020 for cross examination.
In the same vein,another Petitioner,Numkeere Baah of Luebeh Community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, accused Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Officers of shooting her 16 year old son,Neebe Baah to death in their attempt to protect their illicit bunkering business in the area . According to her the said incident took place in 2017 . Baah alleged that her son's dead body was deposited at Bori mortuary after he was shot by SARS. She said due to fear and lack of money she has not visited the mortuary where her son's corpse was deposited since then.
Numkeere who said she is a farmer, agreed to visit the mortuary by the help of the Panel.She also said being a poor woman she is seeking Justice for the death of her son and assistance to survive from Government.Baah testified through an interpreter as she could not speak English language.
The matter was adjourned to a later date for cross examination.
In a related development, another witness,Claudius Princewill who said he is a business man and politician told the Commission that he was thoroughly beaten and handcuffed by Police Officers on 9/3/2020 at Buguma,in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State during the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the State.Princewill alleged that his cellphone of N74,000 and powerbank of N24,000 were seized by SUP Unit operatives of the Nigerian Police. He said the only offence he committed was discharging his duties as a Collation Agent of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the said election. Princewill said he spent thousands of Naira in treating himself after the assault by the police officers.

He said he is seeking a compensation of N.1m from the police and recovery of his stolen phones. The Chairman of the Judicial Commission, Justice Uriri rtd.adjourned the matter to 14/12/2020 for cross examination.