The venue of the Presidential Investigation on Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), ongoing at the FCT High Court in Abuja, was yesterday, thrown into a mourning ground by relatives and wife of one Mr Mark Kajo, a father of five, who was detained by SARS officers and eventually, unknown to the family, died while in custody.
The chairman of the panel as well as the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq, who had earlier, within the week, directed the SARS officers to produce the man, dead or alive while addressing journalists, has promised that the panel would unravel the mystery behind Kajo’s death and why the officers refused to tell the family that the man was deceased.
Inspector Godwin Mike Ahua, the IPO in charge of the case, claimed that the victim was a repentant arm robber, who eventually became a dangerous kidnapper. He broke the news of Kajo’s death when he couldn’t produce the deceased at the panel as directed by the chairman of the panel.
“When we got reports about the gang and how they were terrorising citizens around Benue State, Taraba State, Rivers and the FCT, we were mobilised to arrest them. We interrogated them and they agreed to show us where they kept their ammunition. When we got to the place where they kept their ammunition, we were attacked there. It was in this process of repelling the attack that some of them died, the police officer claimed.”
Counsel to the wife of the deceased, Mr Mathew Onoja, claimed the
deceased was not arrested at a crime scene as alleged by the police.
Onoje, who said the deceased was a known plumber and a family man, accused officers for hiding the truth about the man’s death from the family while going on to extort money from his poor wife who was only
desperate about her husband’s whereabouts and safety.
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