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Police brutality: Rivers State judicial Commission of inquiry witnesses more cases

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The sitting of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Alleged Acts of Violence, Torture, Brutality, Murder and Violation of Fundamental Rights of Citizens Committed by Officers Men and Operatives of the Nigerian Police Force in Rivers State has entered the third day with more Witness testifying before it.


A widow, Patience Mbang  who spoke from the witness box explained to the commission how her only twenty year old son identified as Andrew Mbang was arrested by a police officer identified as Sopol Bassey in his Friend's house in 2007 where they were watching football and taken to old GRA police station.


Mbang explained that all effort to see his son proves abortive only to be informed by someone that they saw him at the station in pool of blood and that since 2007 till date, she has not seen her son nor his corpse just as she demanded for justice.



On her part, another woman, Sandra Ihejiere SANDRA  told the Judicial Commission of Inquiry how she was beaten up by a Divisional Police officer ,DPO by name Manasseh Adamu whom she has a business transaction of supplying sand from 2017 to 2019.


Ihejiere who is a mother of four narrated how she went to demand for a balance of seventy thousand naira,rather than being paid the DPO beats her up and in the process she lost her two months old pregnancy just as she demanded three million naira as compensation.


Our Correspondent reports that the Chairman of the Panel after listening to the testimonies of the woman adjourned till 9th of December, 2020 for cross examination by the Nigerian Police and continuation.



Meanwhile, one Bestman Bekwele has told the commission how he was arrested by the police after a revenue job, adding that the police refused to grant him bail, instead, took him to a place to clear urine where he was shoot.


Bekwele said he only saw himself in the hospital with one of his leg amputated just as he demanded for justice.



Also Inawodiea Bliss-Iyalla also told the commission that SARS operative collected his 2002 Toyota Avalon model in 2018 at Omoku area, alleging that his car has turned to patrol van for the police claiming to have seen his car parked at the defunct SARS office at Rukpokwu just as he demanded  for three points five million naira as compensation.


Our Correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor reports that the commission after entertaining seven petitions, adjourned to Monday, 30 Nov 2020.

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