A petitioner before the National Human Rights Commission’s independent to investigate matters of police brutality, Mr. Abraham Nyamkwange, has narrated how the police “told” his family to pay the sum of a hundred thousand Naira for a bullet utilized in shooting his elder brother, Simon Aondofa Nyamkwange over an alleged robbery incident at Eterna gasoline station in Wuse 2 in Abuja on April 2020
Tendering his testimony before the 11-Member panel chaired by Justice Suleiman Galadima (rtd) on Friday, Simon said, on the 24th of April, 2020, his brother’s wife Rosemary Nyamkwange phoned early within the morning to tell him that she had just learned that my brother was shot and probably dead.
Resident in Lugbe, Abuja, the petitioner informed the panel that on receiving the bad news, he quickly contacted one among his cousins who lives in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, to satisfy him in Wuse, Abuja in order that they might jointly report the interest the Police.
According to him, he and his cousin visited the SARS office in Abuja, where they were later told to go to Wuse zone 3 police headquarters.
Upon getting there, he said that one Mr. Ibrahim, who identified himself saying he was the IPO, informed them that his brother was shot at Eterna gasoline station at Wuse Zone 2, which when he was delivered to the police headquarters he bled till he died.
The IPO showed them his dead brother’s driver’s license, GSM phone, two ATM cards (Zenith and ECO bank), and one other cards to ascertain that it was his dead brother.
In his complaint, Abraham further informed the panel that the IPO Ibrahim (2nd respondent) warned him sternly not to say anything concerning the matter.
In the process of seeking the discharge of his late brother’s corpse, the complainant alleged that Police officer Aunde Peter (3rd respondent), officer (Mrs) Aunde (4th respondent), and non-police officer (Vershima Zaki (5th respondent) collected in extortion the sum of two hundred and three thousand Naira from his family and never released the corpse till date.
DPO Mr. Mamman Joseph, Commissioner of Police FCT, and military officer of Police were listed as 1st, 6th, and 7th respondents respectively within the matter.
The aforesaid amount, consistent with the petitioner, was remitted to the Police in two installments of N103,000 and N100,000 Naira (for the bullet expended in shooting the victim), respectively.
Thereafter, the family could not reach any of the affected cops on the phone, neither did they release the corpse that they collected in extortion the stated amount, the petitioner further claimed.
When the panel asked him about the whereabouts of his late brother’s dead body, the petitioner said that he was told by the Police officers that his body was deposited at Wuse zone 3 General Hospital.
On his prayers before the panel, Abraham pleaded with the panel to order the Police to release his brother’s corpse to his family for correct burial.
He also prayed the panel to order the Police to pay the family the sum of 2 hundred million Naira (N200 million) as compensation for the alleged extra-judicial killing of his brother by the Police.
In addition, he implored the panel to make sure that justice prevails concerning the death of his brother.
The case was adjourned for further hearing to the 7th of April 2021 for Police to open their defense.