Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the immediate arrest and detention of seven operatives of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS), Awkuzu, Anambra State, for murder of Mr. Ejike Bob- Manuel.
The arrested officers are Inspector Adolphous Dimgba, Inspector Gabriel Imafidon, Sergeant Chukwudili Oyenka, Pat Amadike, Usman Bala Hamza, Theodore Igiede and Amaechi Ebele Okonkwo. Also arrested and detained is Jerome Aghachukwu, who allegedly masterminded the arrest and murder of Bob-Manuel.
The arrest of the policemen came after a petition by a Human Rights Advocacy Organisation, Joint Legal Action Aids (JLAA), made to the IG, Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, Attorney General of the Federation, Attorney General, Anambra State and the Director-General, National Human Rights Commission. According to JLAA, the deceased was arrested because of the allegations made by Aghachukwu, after a business transaction involving importation of pharmaceutical equipment between him and deceased went sour.
It was learnt that Aghachukwu alleged that the deceased breached agreement on the amount he was to pay him from the sales and commission of the pharmaceutical equipment.
Bob-Manuel was detained and allegedly tortured in SARS’s facility on February 16, 2006. He died from the after effect of the torture.
JLAA stated: “SARS Awkuzu refused to release Bob-Manuel’s corpse for autopsy until a combined team of JLAA lawyers led by Barrister Kingsley Ughe, IG monitoring team and a team of journalists stormed SARS office.
“Doctors, after conducting autopsy, revealed that death was caused by rupture of a kidney with tear measuring 0.124cm.
The death, according to medical report, was due to a heavy physical torture to the deceased during the night of February 16, 2017.”
JLAA vowed to file in an action at the Federal High Court against the police and the killer officers involved in the alleged murder of Bob- Manuel today.