Richard Ginika Izuora
The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, panel investigating alleged human rights violations by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad has ordered the Nigeria Police to provide reports on the whereabouts of two brothers, whose matter is before the panel.
The panel gave the order at its hearing in Abuja on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
The two brothers were identified as Mr Matthew Ella and Mr Patrick Ella.
They were alleged to have been held by the Police since December 2019.
Listed as respondents were the Inspector-General of Police and the intelligence response team.
Counsel to the complainants, Mr. Timothy Ahua, told the panel that Matthew was arrested at his home in Ollo Edumega District in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue on December 20, 2019. Ahua alleged that the two brothers had been held since then without trial.
The counsel said that he applied for the enforcement of Matthew’s fundamental human rights; which was pending in court but that the police refused to produce the victim in court.
“On March 12, 2020, some officers of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team from Abuja stormed the victim’s village.
‘‘They shot his brother Patrick in the leg and took him to an unknown destination. They also made away with 25 cows belonging to Matthew Ella,” Ahua told the panel.
When asked where the complainants were, Ahua said that they were still being detained. Ahua named Inspector Waziri Mustapha, Alhassan Emmanuel and one Inspector Glory; adding that they know the whereabouts of the two brothers.
However, counsel to the police, Mr. Godwin Ijeomah, told the panel that the Force needed time to determine the whereabouts of the two brothers.
The panel Chairman, Justice Suleiman Galadima, told the Police to ensure that the two brothers were produced at the next sitting of the panel.
He adjourned until December 2 for the Police to report on the whereabouts of the two brothers.