A widow, Mrs. Chidimma Edozieuno, on Thursday, urged the Anambra State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to ask the Nigeria Police Force to release the corpse of her husband, Johnson, to his family for burial.
Edozieuno, who made the call in her petition to the panel sitting in Awka, the state capital, alleged that the deceased died in police custody.
She said her husband, who lived in the Benin Republic, visited Nigeria after she was delivered of the couple’s child, was arrested in the early hours of August 1, 2017, by policemen on mufti at their Ichida Street residence in Awka.
The woman added that her property was taken away to an unknown destination by the policemen whose operational base was not disclosed to the family.
According to her, the police operatives alleged that her husband was a kidnapper who would not be seen again.
Edozieuno said: “After we searched the police stations around Awka without success, information got to us that my husband was being tortured and detained by the disbanded Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) at Awkuzu.
“We instituted a legal process at the state High Court, Awka, to secure his release.
“During one of the proceedings, the legal department of SARS informed the court that my husband had died.
“That was how the matter was dismissed by the court.”
She pleaded with the panel to order the police to release the husband’s corpse to his family.
The woman also urged the panel to order the police to return her property and pay reasonable compensation to the deceased’s family.
The Chairman of the panel, Justice Veronica Umeh, said the panel would investigate the claims in the petition and make appropriate recommendations.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: For Sokoto communities, promise of healthcare is akin to death sentence
In this story, ABDULRASHEED HAMMAD delves into the dire realities of Primary Health Care services in Sokoto State, shedding light...
ICYMI…SPECIAL REPORT: NNPCL hides behind PIA to frustrate disclosure, accountability
Nigeria’s major oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), in what appears to be a common practice of disregard...
INVESTIGATION: Multi-million naira Ekiti resort center remains uncompleted a decade after
The multimillion-naira project, expected to comprise recreational buildings, now consists of cassava farmland, a bush used for excretion, and a...
SPECIAL REPORT: Torturous experiences of students with disabilities in Oyo tertiary institutions
For students with disabilities in Oyo state-owned tertiary institutions, learning is a torturous and distressing experience, considering the building structures...
INVESTIGATION: Uncompleted Old Enugu-Onitsha Road brings untold hardship, tears to commuters, residents of Enugu communities
Ugwu Obinna’s younger sister was killed after a truck driver transporting cows rammed into her shop located at the Okpatu...