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Victim of torture slumps before panel

A victim of alleged torture, unlawful arrest and detention, Mr. Timothy Ogbeye has fainted while giving testimony before the independent investigative panel on Human Rights violation by the defunct SARS and other units of the Police.

Mr. Ogbeye in his testimony before the panel said, on January 22, 2020, he was about to go to Julius Berger to purchase granite with the sum of N1.5 million, when he received a call from his associate, Sikiru Bashiru that some customers were at his car stand situated at Mpape, a suburb of the FCT, Abuja.

The complainant said he went back to his car stand in company of his salesboy, Yinka and met two gentlemen pricing a car, and one of them asked if he was Timothy and he answered in the affirmative.

Ogbeye said one of the men brought out a gun and threatened to shoot him if he moved, while two men handcuffed him, Sikiru Bashiru and Yinka and took them away to Kwali Police station where they were detained.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ogbeye told the panel that eight other policemen who surrounded the car stand accused him of being an armed robber and that the cars in his stand were stolen.

He also informed the panel that the sum of 1.5 million in his car which he wanted to use for the purchase of granite was no longer there after the police beat him thoroughly and drove away his four vehicles.

He alleged that he was beaten at the cell with iron, planks and was hung upside down to the point that his hands and legs got paralyzed.

It was during the course of the testimony, he collapsed.

Acting chairman of the Panel, Garba Tetengi adjourned the matter to the 24 of next month for continuation of hearing.

Bose Ijelekhai

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