January 18, 2022

IIP-SARS Seeks Police Cooperation to Serve Justice Over Alleged Intimidation and Property Seizure

By Shola Akingboye, 3 November 2021

Chairman of the Independent Investigative Panel on SARS, Justice Suleiman Galadima rtd, on Thursday asked ACP Magawate Mode, to assist the panel with vital information that will enhance it’s ability to serve justice appropriately.

Specifically, Justice Galadima rtd, requested that the ACP furnish the panel with a sequential list of DPO’s who had served in Maitama, Abuja from 2013 – 2020.

In a case of alleged intimidation, Disobedience to court order and confiscation of properties, counsel to the pertitioner had failed to provide the name of the DPO linked to the matter.

The pertitioner had cited a certain DPO ( no name provided) as being at the helm of affairs in Maitama in 2013, when he ran into trouble with the Police.

Hon. Ngozi Ihuoma (the petitioner) alleged that the police harassed him, and in connivance with Union Bank Nigeria PLC confiscated his car.

Ihuoma also told the 11- man fact finding panel that the matter which was decided in his favour in a court of law has not yielded much, as the police have failed to honour the awards as directed.

Appearing before the panel on Thursday was a former DPO of Maitama, ACP Matawale, now ACP FCT Command.

Mattawale, the panel observed, was not the DPO at Maitama within the period under review as he had served from 2017 to 2020.

To enable it make progress, Chairman of panel, apealled to ACP Magawate to assist with the list of DPO’s from 2013 to date.

The case was adjourned to 15th December 2021 for defence.

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