#EndSARS Panel: Business Man Weeps Watching Father’s Recorded Confession To Crime

#EndSARS Panel: Business Man Weeps Watching Father’s Recorded Confession To Crime
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Nosa Eresoyen Assba

Tears ran down profusely at the sitting of the Delta State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into police brutality and extra judicial killings when a petitioner in a case of alleged kidnapping and armed robbery identified as Fabian Aguja could not hold back his tears midway watching the recorded confession in the open court.

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The video clip which was tendered by the police counsel on behalf of the leader of the Special Anti-Kidnapping and Cyber-crime Squad, ASP Celestine Beye who arrested the father of the petitioner, Mr Lucky Aguja in Illah Community, was admitted by the panel and marked as exhibit Ad6 and as the video was played in the open court, it showed where the petitioner’s father was allegedly making confessional statements under interrogation as he (petitioner) could not stand the situation, rather broke down in tears profusely.

Meanwhile, apart from the counter affidavit adopted and tendered by ASP Celestine Beye as his evidence, and was marked Ad 6 exhibit, other materials adopted and tendered included the confessional statements of one Abubakar Shuaib, the confessional statements of the petitioner’s father,Mr Lucky Aguja, a picture of the live cartridge allegedly retrieved from the victim’s premises, the executed and endorsed search warrant issued, were marked as exhibits Ad2, Ad3, Ad4 and Ad5 respectively.

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Others, are the recorded video clip of the petitioner’s father’s confession, the remand warrant issued by one Dr Jude Nwaifo of the police clinic, Asaba, a picture of the dead body of Mr Lucky Aguja and a medical report showing that the petitioner’s father was receiving treatment before his death and were also admitted and marked as exhibits

Under cross examination,  ASP Celestine Beye told the panel that Mr Lucky Aguja was sick prior to his arrest as his family members were bringing drugs to him while in the custody of the police, adding that the family members were not denied access to him and that when he collapsed on September 17, 2020, he was rushed to the hospital where the doctor confirmed him dead . The petitioner’s lawyer, Barr Abel Asiagwu however pleaded with the court for an independent investigation considering the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Lucky Aguja.

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But in her ruling, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Christiana Ogisi ordered for an autopsy to be carried out on the deceased’s body to be funded by his family members, adding that the family members should liase with the police and the state ministry of Justice to determine the cause of death and adjourned the matter to December 11, 2020.

In another development, following the recent publication on social media that seven kidnappers were sighted with AK-47s along Ezi, Obomkpa and Onicha-Olona bush axis, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area, CSP Chidi Usulor has assured the communities not to panic as the police were committed to ensuring the safety of the people as well as fishing out the hoodlums soon

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CSP Chidi Usulor who spoke to our correspondent in Asaba disclosed that he received information that the seven persons were seen in Obomkpa, Ezi, Onicha-Olona Communities with five of them carrying AK-47s riffles, while the others had machetes and sticks, adding that on receiving the information,he mobilized his men and swung into action in collaboration with the vigilante groups in the areas and various bushes were combed to no avail.

CSP Chidi Usulor said, “We are still on the trail of the suspects and we will not relent until the hoodlums are brought to arrest. We are collaborating with the vigilante groups in the areas and very soon we will fish out the hoodlums. We want to assure that there is no cause for alarm and we shall fish out the hoodlums”

Aljazirahnews


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