Segun Showunmi, Ibadan
The Arekemase family has demanded compensation of N250 million from the Nigerian Government over alleged judicial killing of their 24 year old son, Kabiru by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)
Penpushing reports that the family in a petition with reference number OYJPPB/083 which was instituted by mother of the deceased claimed compensation for malicious arrest and prosecution of their son which led to his death in Ibadan
The bereaved mother who said the death of her son led to her blindness narrated how she became totally blind after her son, who was the breadwinner of the family was gruesomely killed by the operatives over a phantom robbery allegation against him
Penpushing further reports that the woman said, her late son was a multilingual person who spoke and understands many languages, standing as a bridge between customers and foreign organization which made him rich and breadwinner of the family.
The troubled mother noted that prior to her son’s death, the operatives at Dugbe allegedly comes to their residence at Idi Aro, Ibadan to demand money from her son which her son used to declined, telling them that he was not into illegal business, so there was no need for any settlement.
“My son was arrested by SARS and detained for four months over false allegation of armed robbery even though there was no victim of the offence before he was later charged and arraigned at Chief Magistrate Court, Iyaganku on 8th of August, 2006 and was later acquitted’.
“My son was re-arrested by SARS and took to custody four months after he was acquitted by court for his failure to meet the SARS monetary demands, while in custody, I used to visit him and takes food to him, but one of the SARS official told me one day that my son has been wasted (killed) by SARS. I wept for many years which later led to my total blindness, I even requested for the corpse of my late son but all my pleas fell on the deaf ears of the SARS operatives.”
Penpushing also reports that the woman said Kabiru was allegedly killed between October 2007 and February 2008 without charging him to any court, a development she said was an act of violation to his constitutional right of life as enshrine in section 33(1) of the 1999 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
The panel set up by the government to look into police brutality and extra judicial killing,adopted the statement of two witnesses, Mrs Ngozi Arekemase and Mrs A. Falade on oath, while the respondent, (Nigerian Police), represented by N.A. Ojah did not filed a defence or response to the petition and did not called any witness to oppose the evidence of the petitioner and rested their case on the case of the petitioner.
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