The family of late Ekene Akabike, a student of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) Awka, Anambra State, allegedly murdered by Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives in 2004, have approached the Judicial Panel of Inquiry in the state for justice.
State governments across the country set up judicial panels to hear complaints of police brutality and human rights violations, particularly ones perpetrated by the SARS, as part of its response to the #EndSARS protests.
The protests which rocked the country for weeks witnessed demonstrations from Nigerian youth across major cities.
As a result, the federal government disbanded the notorious police unit with promises to serve justice to victims of police brutality in the form of compensation and prosecution of killer-cops.
Amongst the 114 petitions received by the Justice Veronica Umeh-led panel in Anambra State is that of late Ekene’s relatives, dated October 28.
The petition was filed by Abdul Mahmud of the Public Interest Lawyers League (PILL), an attorney to the petitioners; Obiora Akabike, D’ Lawrence Akabike, Ikechukwu Akabike, and Uzochukwu Akabike.
In the petition, it was stated that Ekene rented a room in one Mr Okoye’s family house at Umubelu Village, Awka, Anambra State, after gaining admission into UNIZIK.
After spending two years in the house, a member of Mr Okoye’s family, identified as Chinedu, told the deceased to vacate the room because it was rented out in his absence.Add to favorites