Friday, February 26, 2021

"I will deal with Southern Kaduna people so that anywhere they see me they will not play with me,” inspector allegedly says, as he arrests Southern Kaduna Youths

A complainant, Tony Duch, on Wednesday told the Independent Investigative Panel on Allegations of Human Rights Violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad how he and eight other suspects were unlawfully tortured, detained and imprisoned by the police because they were from Southern Kaduna.
A statement by the Head of Media, National Human Rights Commission, Fatima Mohammed, said Duch told the IIP-SARS that he and the other suspects knew nothing about allegations of conspiracy, assault and theft levied against them.
The counsel to the accused persons, Samuel Yusuf, informed the panel that on the day of the arrest of the suspects, a team of policemen came to their residential houses in Durumi area of Abuja and started shooting sporadically to their utter surprise.
He said, “Apart from the gunshots, arrests were made by the police and virtually all the people arrested were youths from Southern Kaduna, except few people from Idoma in Benue state.”
To prove his point, he said while the arrest was being made by the police, one Inspector Cornelius Agbo mentioned Southern Kaduna people as those he was targeting.
According to the complainant, Inspector Agbo stated that he will “deal with Southern Kaduna people so that anywhere they see him they will not play with him.”

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