By Shola Akingboye, 2nd December 2021
A counsel seeking justice for the slain Emmanuel Ogbogu has told the Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations by defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other units of the Counsel to the Complainant, and confirmed the death of Ogbogu before the National Assembly House Committee on Public Petitions, says the diseased died in their hands during a crossfire gun dwell, Chukwu, counsel to the Complainant has disclosed to the panel on Monday.
He stated that Anambra state Police Command where the incident allegedly took place had written a letter to the National Assembly Committee saying that Mr Emmanuel Ogbogu, the subject matter of the petition had since died and was buried after a shoot-out involving him and some Police Officers in Anambra state.
He said that the Police in the same letter stated that the autopsy report on the corpse concerning the deceased was burnt during the END SARS protest in 2020 and therefore cannot lay hands on it.
Given the development, the 11-Member Panel chaired by Justice Suleiman Galadima (rtd) directed the leader of the Police legal team, James Idachaba to take a copy of the said letter to the Force Headquarters to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the letter and report back to the panel.
Besides, the panel directed Idachaba to get information about any officers needed in the panel to ensure their appearance when necessary as the panel has limited time to dispense with the petitions before it.
Earlier, Idachaba informed the panel that he will make effort to reach Celestine Ani, the 1st respondent to appear before the panel since the petitioner’s counsel said he is currently serving in the Anambra state government.
He said that Mr James Nwafor who is the 2nd respondent will be difficult to reach because he has retired and he does not know his current address.
The matter was adjourned to the 13th of December, 2021.