How I Was Shot And Deserted By Police In Abuja
Mr. Bello Akubuokwu, an Abuja based mostly Property Supervisor, has instructed his police brutality story.
The person, on Wednesday, narrated earlier than the Impartial Investigative Panel on human rights violations by the defunct Particular Anti-Theft Squad, SARS, and different Items of the Nigeria Police Power, how he was shot and deserted by the Police in 2019.
Akubuokwu who gave his testimony on the inaugural sitting of the panel which is headed by a retired justice of the Supreme Courtroom, Justice Suleiman Galadima, stated he was shot whereas he was on his solution to the financial institution.
In line with him, the incident occurred on July 22, 2019, the day Police clashed with protesting members of the Islamic Motion of Nigeria, IMN, in any other case often known as Shiite sect.
Narrating his story earlier than the Justice Galadima led 11-member panel, the sufferer, stated: “It occurred on July 22, 2019, after I acquired a textual content message from IBTC financial institution at Space 11 in Garki, to return and replace my data.
“From Mararaba the place I keep, I stoped on the Courtroom of Attraction to connect with Garki by means of the Police Headquarters. That was within the morning when folks have been going to work.
“Then I heard a bullet. I didn’t know what was taking place, however unexpectedly I began feeling ache and blood began gushing out.
“I requested what was taking place and was instructed that Police have been capturing at Shiite members.
“I managed and dragged myself with the blood to the police workplace, however they didn’t enable me in. Once I was there, they introduced bucket of water which I poured on the wound.
“From there I used to be adviced by passersby to go to hospital. On attending to Garki hospital, folks with bullet wounds have been an excessive amount of and there was no house.
“I used to be then directed to the Nationwide Hospital. Once I initially acquired there, I didn’t see a lot folks with bullet wounds. However earlier than lengthy, police introduced extra folks in a truck that had varied bullet wounds.
“It grew to become critical that I couldn’t get mattress house once more. I used to be nonetheless handled and I left.
“The next day at Mararaba, the left hand the place the bullet handed by means of had swollen up. The ache was a lot and I may not go to the hospital, so I organized with a personal medical practitioner near my home to be coming to my residence to present me remedy”.
The sufferer instructed the panel that he was incapacitated for about two months owing to the bullet wound on his left arm.
“I’m an property supervisor and it was not simple for me to exit to fend for my household. The ache and struggling I went by means of was a lot.
“I couldn’t afford the service of a lawyer then. I used to be due to this fact very joyful after I heard about this panel, so I made a decision to convey my case for justice to be carried out to me.
“I would like the panel to please look into my matter for justice to prevail. At the least to be compensated for the ache and trauma I handed by means of”.
Counsel to the sufferer, Mr. Frank Tietie, who held temporary of Mr. Chino Obiagwu, SAN, utilized for immediate and sufficient compensation for the harm his consumer suffered.
Mr. Tietie additional tendered some paperwork in proof that included medical report from the Nationwide Hospital in Abuja, the index card of the sufferer, prescriptions that got to him, in addition to his medical invoice.
The lawyer stated his consumer is searching for financial compensation to the tune of N25million for the harm, lack of earnings and trauma he handed by means of.
When he was additional questioned by members of the panel, the sufferer, insisted that the supply of the stray bullet that hit him, got here from the Nigerian Police Power.
“It was the day Shiite members have been protesting on the Nationwide Secretariat in Abuja.
“After I used to be hit by the bullet, the closest place I may run to for security was the Police secondary faculty near the Power Headquarters.
“Once I acquired there I met some Mopol, they requested me what occurred and I instructed them that I used to be hit by a bullet. Although I handed by means of the gate, the Cops didn’t enable me into their workplace.
“Happily, from X-ray that was carried out by the Nationwide Hospital, I used to be instructed that the bullet handed by means of my arm. It didn’t lodge into my pores and skin”.
Mr. Akubuokwu instructed the panel that as an Property Supervisor and personal enterprise man, he makes over N200, 000 each month.
Requested if the Nationwide Hospital demanded Police report earlier than he was handled, the sufferer answered within the damaging.
In the meantime, the panel adopted all of the paperwork that have been annexed to the hand-written petition dated October 26, and marked them as displays A to G.
Chairman of the panel, Justice Galadima (rtd), subsequently adjourned the case until November 16, for continuation of listening to and for the Inspector Normal of Police, IGP, who was listed as the only real Respondent within the petition, to enter his response.
“At this time’s continuing is to be made obtainable to the Respondent accordingly”, Chairman of the panel held.
Although a second petition that one Mr. Francis Ogbaji lodged towards SARS, FCT Command, its former chief, ACP Mantu, State CID FCT, Commissioner of Police FCT Command and the IGP, was known as up, the panel nonetheless adjourned it to November 17.
The panel directed the petitioner to regularise his papers and make sure that all of the Respondents have been served.
Police was not represented in any of the proceedings on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Government Secretary of the Nationwide Human Rights Fee, NHRC, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, disclosed that the panel has prolonged the 2 weeks window for submission of complaints.
He stated the extension was to make sure that Nigerians have unhindered entry to providers of the panel.
“The deadline for submission of complaints will now be open. It’s noteworthy that as at date, the panel has acquired about 150 complaints of human rights violations towards SARS and the Police from throughout FCT and the six geo-political zones.
“Complaints maintain pouring into the Fee on daily basis for the panel”, Ojukwu added.
In his goodwill message, the Lawyer-Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, stated the Federal Authorities would readily implement suggestions of the panel.
Malami, who was represented by the Solicitor-Normal of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata, SAN, expressed confidence within the capability of members of the panel to completely examine reported circumstances of Police brutality and make acceptable suggestions.
“My workplace will proceed to work in synergy with the NHRC to make sure that anyone indicted or that has prima-facie case established towards him might be given expeditious prosecution”, Malami acknowledged.
He stated proactive actions are on high gear to cost some SARS officers that have been indicted in earlier investigative report by the NHRC.
On his half, Chairman of the moment panel, Justice Galadima, stated his group would abide by the rule of nationwide justice in order to be honest to each get together earlier than the panel.
He, nonetheless, warned that the panel wouldn’t encourage any type of reliance on technicalities.
“It’s of elementary significance that justice isn’t solely carried out, however that it’s manifestly seen to have been carried out”, Justice Galadima added.