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Suspect was killed in cultists, police gunfire – Policeman tells panel

ASP Ameh Agbo told the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel that Edward Dumisara was killed during an exchange of gunfire between the police and cultists in Bowe community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NHRC panel is investigating alleged violations of rights by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the police.

Led in evidence by his counsel, Gabriel Okpata, Agbo told the panel that Dumisara died on June 20, 2020.

He testified as a respondent in the petition, marked 2020/IIP-SARS/ABJ/117, filed by Confidence Leera, who alleged that his brother, Dumisara was secretly abducted and imprisoned by the police.

Other respondents are SP Martin Samuel, DSP Essien Edet, the Inspector-General of Police, the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) “D” Division, Itam, Uyo; Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom.

”Dumisara and his gang members blocked and robbed a vehicle conveying money for a company named Paddyman Nigeria Limited on
July 1, 2019.

”The gang members also killed Sergeants Habila Saleh and Nasru Fate and attempted to kill Nnamdi Ihunukara and Innocent Onuoha.

”After killing the policemen, the gang members carted away one AK-47 rifle with number BE360676 with 30 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and a LAR rifle with the number 1694857 with 38 rounds of live ammunition.

”On June 19, 2020, we received an intelligeince report that Dumisara’s gang members would be moving the arms from Bowe to Kobowe community, adding that his team was instructed by the IGP to recover the arms from the gang.

“Based on this, we asked Dumisara to lead to where they normally meet. We trekked for about 30 minutes in the bush.

”Dumisara and Nnamdi Derek, alias ND, sustained gunshot injuries. We took them to the General Hosptal, Bori, where we were told they could not handle them.

”Dumisara’s remains are deposited at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH),” he said.

Agbo appealed to the panel to recommend to the Federal Government to compensate the families of the two policemen and the two civilian drivers.

While being cross-examined by the counsel for the petitioner, Victor Giwa, Agbo said that he first saw the deceased when he was first arrested on July 30, 2019 in connection with the kidnapping of Obianuju Anijemba.

Asked what the purpose of the N20,000 he received from the deceased and N5,000 from the petitioner on Sept, 26, 2019 and Sept. 14, 2019, respectively, he said it was meant as appreciation.

“I had a covenant with my Lord that I will not receive bribe as a policeman. Dumisara gave me the money on his own voluntarily,” he said.

The third respondent, Essien Edet, also testified before the panel and urged the panel to strike out his name from the petition because he was an investigator and not part of the arresting team.

Meanwhile, rtd Justice Suleiman Galadima , adjourned hearing until April 12 for adoption of written addresses.(NAN)

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