By Shola Akingboye – 18th November 2020
A middle age woman, Dorris Ididia has dragged the defunct State Anti-Robbery Squared of the Nigerian Police before the Independent Investigative Panel (IIP), sitting in the Federal Capital Territory at the instance of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), demanding the sum of two hundred million naira ( N200, 000,000) as compensation for the alleged murder of her brother by one Inspector Kingsley of the SARS.
She sobbed, tears streaming down her face, Mrs Ididia on Wednesday recants circumstances of Festus Idehen, her junior brother’s death. She narrated how one Inspector Kingsley in October 2016 organised mob who attacked Festus, leaving him with various degrees of injuries before he eventually died in October 2016.
During the oral testimonies, Doris Ididia, led by her counsel, Kuyik Usoro, the complainant alleged brutality of Inspector Kingsley (of defunct SARS) before the panel chaired by Justice Suleiman Galadima (rtd) at the instance of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
She told the panel that her brother was beaten to stupor by the mob and that efforts to avail him with medical treatment was cunningly thwarted by the 1st respondent, Inspector Kingsley.
According to the complaint, Festus Idehen (now deceased) received a phone call on October 3, 2016 and he drove in his car to meet the caller and another car kept trailing him from the back and after a while, he stopped and alighted from his car and the 1st respondent did the same and gave him a hot chase and eventually arrested him.
She went further to inform the panel that the 1st respondent presented his brother as a thief before the mob which encouraged them to dehumanise the victim with serious beating.
“The Police starved my brother for three days before he passed on”, she lamented.
The victim, she said was later abandoned in a hospital in Kaduna and a doctor anonymously obliged him with telephone services, seeing that he was in critical condition, rapped with medical POP from serious injuries he sustained in the hands of his alleged tormentors.
According to the complainant, it was the victim’s phone call which made them to know the address of the hospital that enabled her family to trace him to the hospital, where they surprisingly meet him in critical health condition.
Ididia stated further that one Inspector Kingsley resurfaced and the mother of the victim pleaded with him to allow them to go with her son to enable them to visit traditional bone setters to continue treatment where the hospital stopped.
She said that Inspector Kingsley refused to grant them request but lied to them they would avail him medical attention in Abuja and that he would be okay.
She alleged that Inspector Kingsley later took him to SARS detention centre in Abuja only to return him to hospital when Police discovered he was almost dead.
She said that Inspector Kingsley called her mother, whom he reluctantly gave his phone number in Kaduna to come and take the victim to the traditional bone setters, a request he earlier turned down in Kaduna.
On arrival to the hospital with her mother, they could not find the victim who they later saw lying dead in a vehicle belonging to SARS.
Despite the circumstances of her brother’s death, Ididia alleged that it became a herculean task to get SARS to release the body of the victim to the family for burial.
After much pleadings, the body of her late brother was finally released to the family who she said has been buried.
In a separate interview with RegentAfrica Times at the venue, another brother of the diseased, Emanuel Idehen laments the trauma his brother’s death has brought upon their aged mother as her first son. He expressed his pains that the said Onyekashi who allegedly sold the controversial car to Festus Idehen has since disappeared, while the late Festus’s wife, a sister to Onyekashi has equally eloped since the sad incidence.
When asked what led to her brother’s ordeal, the complainant, Mrs Ididia reiterated her earlier story, she told RegentAfrica Times that Inspector Kingsley is at the center of the death that killed Festus Idehen, said the car in question is yet to be seen up till now as she cited conspiracy of the SARS in the saga.
“Nobody discharged my brother, Kingsley discharged my brother and took him to Abuja, that he wanted to treat him, I begged, my mother begged, every member of my family begged him, he maintained he wanted to treat him he will be ok”
“He brought him to Abuja, locked him in cell and tortured him to death”
“Even my mother had been calling him since the day she collected Kingsley’s number in Kaduna, he refused to pick her number, but later called my mother when he realised my brother is dying, that we should bring the local man that treated him with POP tied to his leg.
“I immediately took off to Abuja with the herbal doctor, but I couldn’t found my brother, I search everywhere until a nurse sister opened up to me that they did not take my brother to any hospital. My brother had been kept in prison. She said my brother was left to die of hunger.
“When I eventually saw my brother where he was kept, I called him, Festus, Festus, my brother was no longer responding,
” They said we should take him to Police hospital, on getting there, he was confirmed dead on arrival. We are told not to even bring him down from the vehicle that he was dead. They don’t even have a mortuary there. Kingsley then suggests we should take him to Asokoro Hospital.”
“On getting to Asokoro , the Doctor came out and saw him, and also confirmed him dead on arrival, that we should take him to mortuary. He was brought in dead, that was the word they used. My brother never get to the hospital, it was from SARS to the mortuary. They never take Festus my brother to the hospital for one day.
“Justice must be served, Kingsley must pay for this.
“Because he told us, get the body, I’ll made a case, and we got the body, even we made the payment for what they charged us.
“I visited the IG of Police, I visited the Commissioner,
“Since the 2016 incidence, I submitted petitions to the Senate, to the IG and the Commissioner of Police, and to SARS in that abattoir.
“My mother is aged, and Festus is her first son. Each time she thinks about him, she falls sick, because Festus is her first son.
“This is the boy that supposed to be in America. His VISA was already with him. He did not enter America.
“His wife was pregnant at the time of his death. We are the one taking care of his children, while Onyekashi who is the criminal is on the run.
“Onyekachi works for SARS, so SARS is also criminals
Meanwhile, the family of the victim is praying the panel for N200m compensation for the death of Festus Idehen and for the trauma they family is going through over his untimely death
The panel adjourned the matter to December 15, 2020 for cross-examination of the complainant and continuation of hearing.
The panel also adjourned more cases for continuation of hearing on different dates.
Another case of by Hon. Ngozika Ihuoma, a Complainant, alleged intimidation, confiscation of properties and disobedience of court order by DPO Maitama was adjourned to December 1, 2020 for cross-examination of complainant and defense.
The panel also adjourned to December 2, 2020, another complaint involving alleged denial of access to justice and confiscation of properties filed by Mr. Gabriel Ofoma against Inspector Iliya Dangsedi (of CP monitoring unit and two other police officers, FCT Commissioner of Police and the IGP. This was adjourned for cross-examination of complainants and for the Police to produce two other police officers who were with Inspector Iliya Dangsedi the day they collected land title documents allegedly belonging to the complainant, Gabriel Ofoma.
The complaint of alleged threat to life brought by one Abdulsalam Husseini was struck out as the complainant is not ready to continue with the matter.
Also struck out is the case of extrajudicial killing of Uchenna Emmanuel Dike against the Police.
The panel adjourned to December 16, 2020: a petition of alleged extra judicial killing of Obinna Jonah against defunct SARS FCT.