The Independent Investigative Panel on allegations of human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti – Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigeria Police on Monday in Abuja accused the Police of failing to provide certified true copies of proceedings from the National Assembly Public petition in the case of alleged extra judicial killing of one Mr. Kennedy Yusuf.
Justice Suleiman Galadima rtd, the Chairman who led the 11 man panel while receiving documents tendered by the Police noted that the Police respondent, James Idachaba, at the last hearing in this matter had asked the panel to dismiss the case because same was done at the National Assembly’s Public Petition, because the case was frivolous and lacked merit.
Idachaba who explained that the matter had already been settled by the post mortem carried out by an independent pathologist from the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, which indicated that Kennedy Yusuf died from natural causes and not killed by the police as alleged by the family also said that the post mortem was carried by the family of deceased and not the Police and the result submitted to the panel and admitted as exhibit.
Justice Suleiman Galadima rtd, however insisted that the police must tender the certified true copies of proceedings from the House Committee on Public Petition to enable the panel arrive at an informed and just decision on the matter.
It could be recalled that Mamman Danladi in his testimony pleaded with the panel that the police be ordered to compensate the family for the extrajudicial killing of his nephew, Kennedy Yusuf.
The Chairman none-the-less ruled that the police must produce certified true copies of proceedings from the National Assembly’s Committee on Public Petition at the next adjourned date on the 29th of November.
In another development, the case of alleged inhuman and degrading treatment and extortion brought before the panel by Ezeani Henry was adjourned to 29th November,2021 due to the failure of the petitioner’s counsel, Maxwell Okpara to serve the Police Counsel with his written address.
James Idachaba , counsel to police, urged the panel to foreclose the case and stated the police is ready to make oral submission in the matter.
In its ruling the panel decided that the panel will look at the documents before it and come up with a report.