ANAMBRA POLICE BRUTALITY PANEL: PETITIONER DEMANDS #50 MILLION COMPENSATION FOR HUSBAND’S MURDER

Reporter : UCHE NDEKE

A petitioner, Mrs. Christian Nnatuanya, has appealed to the Anambra State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Extra-Judicial Killings and Other Related Matters to bring to justice those that murdered her husband in 2007 while in detention in SARS, Awkuzu.

The Panel of Inquiry reconvened on Tuesday after it had announced indefinite adjournment last week until government addressed some logistic issues for the smooth operations of the committee.

Mrs. Nnatuanya told the panel that her husband, Linus Nnatuanya, a trader was taken away by men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), on January 31, 2007 and alleged that he was a member of the Movement for the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB).

Mrs. Nnatuanya narrated that when she got to cell number four where her late husband was held, SARS requested that she paid four hundred thousand Naira to secure his release.

Mrs. Anatuanya prayed the panel to compensate her with the sum of fifty million naira for the untold hardship she and her seven children had been going through since the murder of late Nnatuanya.

She also appealed to the panel to prevail on the leadership of the police to release the corpse of her husband so they could perform the burial rites.

Counsel to the police, Innocent Obi (SP), however told the panel that there was no record of the incident in the police.

The panel also listened to a petition by one Chukwunonso Okafor over the alleged gruesome murder of his brother by the police in 2010 at Ogidi Police Station.

The Chairman of the panel, Retired Justice Veronica Umeh, assured the petitioners and the counsels that she would allow a level playing ground for every party and ensure that justice surely prevailed.

The panel also listened to other petitions before adjourning.

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