Police brutality: Man demands N500m compensation over brother’s ‘death’

Akwa Ibom man, Mr Samuel Anselem, has demanded N500,000,000 compensation over the alleged death of his brother who was arrested by the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in December2010.

In a petition marked JPPB/MEMO/049, he told Judicial Panel of Investigation on Incidences of Police Brutality sitting at High Court complex on Wednesday in Uyo, that his brother, Mr Ifiok Anselem Samuel was last seen on the day of arrest which is 10 years ago.

Samuel, who said that he was the only brother to the ‘decease’, stressed that their parents died as a result of the heart break received from the traumatic experience.

“Mr Ifiok Anselem Samuel was arrested by men of the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police from the Akwa Ibom State Command headquarters on the December 14, 2010.

“He was last seen herding into a Nigeria Police branded Hilux van that same day with other persons and has not been seen or heard from till date, despite petitions and court orders for his production dead or alive.

According to the petitioner, “for instance, the Police till date has refused to honour the order of Hon. Justice Isangedighe gave the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police for the production of his brother in court and the subsequent release from their custody,” he said

Samuel said if police cannot produce or give explanation to the whereabouts of his brother, they should be held accountable and five hundred million naira worth of damages be paid for brutally infringing on the fundamental rights of his brother.  

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