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#EndSARS Panel Issues Arrest Warrant On Commissioner Of Police

 

 

The Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations by the defunct SARS and other units of the Police on Monday issued a warrant of arrest on the Commissioner of Police in charge of legal at the Force , CP Ochogwu.

The arrest order is in respect of the alleged enforced disappearance and unlawful arrest and of one John Emeka Alozie by the Force since June 25, 2017.

This was disclosed in a statement, by Deputy Director Public Affairs, Fatimah Agwai Mohammed on .

According to the statement, the CP had been ordered on several occasions to appear before the panel with the case file of the (Alozie), but he failed to the summon despite adjourning the petitions five to allow more time for the CP to do the needful.

Displeased by the ugly development, the Chairman of the panel Justice Suleiman Galadima (rtd), who issued the arrest warrant on the top police observed that the attitude of Ochogwu was unbecoming of a lawyer and officer of the Police Force.

According to the eminent jurist, the only option for the panel was to a warrant of arrest on the CP legal and mandate the National Human Rights Commission to write to the Legal Practitioners , LPDC to report the Ochogwu conduct in the matter.

The Chairman noted that the CP has flagrantly and repeatedly disobeyed the order of the panel, having refused to in the said case file to enable the panel to unravel the truth about the of Alozie in accordance with the law.

It would be recalled that the wife of the victim, Alozie had testified that a high court had ordered the police to the victim and the order was never obeyed to .

The panel adjourned the petition till 27, 2022, for a progress report.

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