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Enforced disappearance: NHRC panel orders police to produce victim’s case file

The order follows the failure of the police to make available the case file in a petition filed by the victim’s wife.

• March 7, 2022
National Human Rights Commission
NHRC Headquarters Abuja (Photo Credit: Hotel.ng)

The independent investigation panel set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on right abuses by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has ordered the police to produce the case file of a victim of alleged enforced disappearance, John Alozie.

The panel gave the order following the failure of the police to make available the case file in a petition filed by the victim’s wife, Nnena.

“We will continue to make this order until the case file is brought before us,” Garba Tetengi, who represented the chairman of the panel, Suleiman Galadima, said.

“The whole world is watching to know the truth about a man picked up from his house in the presence of his little children and wife.”

Mr Tetengi ordered that the police must produce before it all the officers mentioned by the petitioner in her petition.

He adjourned until March 8 for the production of the case file as earlier ordered.

In her petition, the victim’s wife alleged arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearance and detention of her husband.

The respondents in the matter are ASP M. Obiozor of the defunct SARS Awkuzu, Anambra; Uzi Emeana; Sunday Okpe, Anambra Commissioner of Police and the Inspector-General of Police.

The panel had in December 2021, ordered the police to produce the petitioner’s husband.

It also ordered the police to produce a Lexus and a Ford, briefcase and documents taken away from the residence of the petitioner on June 15, 2017, when Alozie was arrested.

(NAN) 

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