IIP panel orders police to produce officers involved in alleged arrest, enforced disappearance of Morris

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The Independent investigative   panel on human rights violations by the defunct SARS and other units of the police panel has ordered the police to produce the officers and men that took part in the alleged arrest and enforced disappearance of Morris Ashwe, noting that the force is a system and cannot appear helpless.

Chairman of the panel,  Justice Sulieman Galadima, rtd   demanded to know from the police the whereabouts of   Mr. Morris   Ashwe, an  alleged victim of enforced disappearance.

The Chairman of the 11 man panel sought to know the whereabouts of the victim from DSP Haladu Mohammed whom the complainant Mr. Rapheal Ashwe alleged was last seen with Morris.

Testifying before the panel in a case of alleged enforced disappearance brought before it by Raphael Ashwe who also happens to be the brother of the victim, Raphael stated that Morris Ashwe was arrested by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) Of the Nigerian police command in Benue state over allegations of gunrunning and illegal possession of firearm.

The complainant alleged that DSP Haladu Mohammed was on the team of the officers that effected the arrest and that the victim was paraded alongside others at the police command in Benue, for different offences .

Furthermore the complainant alleged that the commander IRT DCP Abba Kyari was present on the day of parade and since that day he has not seen or heard from his brother Morris again, “we were subsequently told  he was moved to IRT headquarters in Abuja” he said.

In their defense, counsel to the respondents Kenneth Ogbuchua  has asked Raphael if he knows  DSP Haladu in person and how he came across the name.  Raphael said he hasn’t met him in person but in the course of filing the petition his name was dropped by one Judith Nwese, his Brother Morris’s fiance who is now late.

According to DSP Haladu Mohammed he knows nothing about the case as he was not in Benue when the said incident took place. Haladu also told the panel as a matter of fact that he was at the Kano state command at the time the arrest, detention and inhuman treatment of the victim happened.

The Panel members   asked the police to go through its records with the pictures available and the case file to get to the root of the matter.

Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned till 23rd of March 2021.

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