EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian Police Authorities Illegally Detain Two Vigilante Officers For 11 Months With out Trial, Extort N1.5million From Households
The 2 males, who deserted militancy, embraced amnesty by the administration of former Imo Advise governor, Rochas Okorocha, to support offer protection to their neighborhood
Family of Chike Chiba and Felix Omerije, two people of a neighborhood vigilante community in Oja neighborhood below Ohaji Egbema Native Government Space of Imo Advise beget demanded their unconditional launch from the Nigerian police custody, on the discipline of 1 year after their unlawful arrest.
SaharaReporters learnt that the vigilante community became once fashioned to provide protection to the residents of Oja neighborhood from the threat of kidnappers, armed robbers and rapists.
The 2 males, who deserted militancy, embraced amnesty by the administration of former Imo Advise governor, Rochas Okorocha, to support offer protection to their neighborhood, but they beget remained in custody since December 2021.
This became once after after they were invited to the Imo Advise Government House, Owerri, by people of the Inspector-Accepted of Police Special Tactical Squad for questioning following the arrest of two infamous criminals named Emperor and Obinna in Delta Advise.
Ibrahim Mamman, a pal of both males, who had accompanied them to the Imo Advise Government House, Owerri, became once additionally arrested and saved in unlawful detention since that period.
The vigilante group headed by Chiba and Omerije identified as Horsepack had made makes an are attempting to arrest Emperor and Obinna for terrorising people of Oja neighborhood sooner than the suspects fled to Delta Advise where they were due to the this truth apprehended by the police.
Upon their repatriation to Imo Advise where Emperor and Obinna made confessional statements to the police, Chiba and Omerije were invited to the Imo Advise Government House, Owerri, from where they were flown in a chartered aircraft to Abuja collectively with Mamman and saved in custody for over seven months sooner than being returned to Imo with out being charged to court docket. They beget got additionally been denied entry to a approved skilled and relatives since that period.
“Emperor in his confessional commentary inside the Imo Advise Government House, Owerri, claimed that he became once preventing Chibi and Omerije on behalf of the articulate governor, Hope Uzodimma, for being sponsored by Okorocha and his son-in-laws, Uche Nwosu, to destabilise the articulate.
“Irrespective of discovering that this became once a lie, the police beget refused to launch Chiba, Omerije and Mamman. They’re even denying that the males are of their custody even when the victims despatched out a letter currently asking for food and other objects. We beget proof of this but can’t realize why the police are denying having them in unlawful custody.
“While in Abuja, the police pressured them to dispute that Rochas Okorocha and his son-in-laws were sponsoring them to commit mayhem in Imo Advise. They were on handcuffs for three months in Abuja.
“One DCP Kolo Yusuf and his group composed N1.5million from their family that they’d alternate the case file and launch them. They were later moved to Owerri spherical July this year and beget remained in detention on the Imo Police Advise.
“We beget petitioned the Inspector-Accepted of Police, Attorney-Accepted of the Federation, AIG Zone 7, Commissioner of Police in Imo Advise, the articulate governor and commandant of Tiger Depraved and copied the National Human Rights Payment, Police Provider Payment, and Minister of Police Affairs,” Alhaji Musa Gokaru, founding father of One Foundation, the non-profit organisation preventing for their launch, acknowledged.
Rather than filing a suit on the Federal Excessive Court Owerri over the matter and getting the NHRC to register the case, the non-profit organisation has additionally petitioned the Chief of Group to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and the World Human Rights Payment over the topic.
“Nigeria is a nation dominated by laws and no one is above the laws not even President Muhammadu Buhari now to not mention governor of Imo Advise, Hope Uzodimma or the police,” the community added.
A relation of Chiba, Mr Emezuo Nwaeze, whereas lamenting the bid, disclosed that they’d spent a lot of money as a family in making an are attempting to stable the launch of their son.
In accordance with him, they beget not purchased toughen from external sources despite the fact that Chiba popularly identified as Banga and Omerije were serving public appropriate on the time of their unlawful arrest and detention.
“The matter has truly affected the family on tale of we now beget spent a lot of money in making an are attempting to stable their launch to no avail.
“They’re being detained at Tiger Depraved in Owerri but whenever we focus on about with the build of residing we are denied entry to them.
“We are calling on the federal authorities to intervene in this matter to produce obvious both males are launched from unlawful detention,” he acknowledged.
Family of the 2 other males detained unlawfully disclosed that the bid has brought sorrow and bid into their lives.
When contacted over the topic, spokesperson for the police in Imo Advise, CSP Mike Abattam, did not respond to calls and a textual disclose message despatched to his mobile amount.
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