A woman who identifies as Mrs Amarachi Johnson told the Anambra State Judicial Panel investigating cases of alleged police brutality about how her husband was taken away and allegedly murdered by the officers of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) at the Awkuzu Unit of Anambra State in 2017.
Mrs Johnson during her time with the panel on Thursday said that her Benin Republic-based husband was whisked away by the officers at their residence at No1. Ichida Street, Awka, on August 1, 2017, on the false premise that he was a kidnapper.
She disclosed that she had one child with her husband when the incident happened.
She was accompanied further stated that her husband was arrested without charge by SARS officers from Awkuzu Unit lead by one Okoi Ikpi.
She says that up till this moment, she has not set eyes on her husband, either dead of alive, and its been more than three years. She says that the Police officers also took away her refrigerator, her laptop, iPad, and some of her baby things.
“When they came to our house wearing F-SARS T-shirts, I asked them to show their identity cards, but the told me not to burden them and that I should marry another husband because the man I am living with will not return back alive again,” she said.
“His death was confirmed to me when I approached the Anambra State High Court along with my lawyer few months after his arrest.”
“I am using this opportunity to appeal to this honourable panel to investigate and compel the Police authority to pay a reasonable compensation to my family for upkeep and my husband’s proper burial,” she said.
The chairman of the panel, Retired Justice Veronica Umeh adjourned proceedings to November 10 for further hearing.
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