Sanction and reprimands OC SARs Aba, HURIDE Tells IG

Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu

The Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders Foundation (HURIDE),  has called on the Inspector -General of Police (IG) to immediately remove and reduce the rank of the Officer in Charge (OC) of Special Anti-robbery  Squad (SARs) , Aba , Johnbull and that of Uturu Isikwuato LGA in all,in Abia State.

 Inspector-General of Police,  Mohammed Adamu
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu 

The group also gave the Inspector-General of Police (IG),14 days to direct the officers to return the money they collected from their victims at Isuikwuato LGA Abia state.

In a press briefing in Aba, Abia State the chairman of  Board of Trustees (BoT), of HURIDE, Dede Uzor A. Uzor, said if  IG fails to meet their demand, he  in the alternative would mobilise the people to match on the streets of Aba if IG as well as demanding that he offers  public apology to the victims of extortion.

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Problem started when a social media activist, Comrade Okezie Goodluck, was arrested in Uturu Isuikwuato, handcuffed and driven in an open  Hilux Van which exposed him to heavy down pour all the way  to Aba office of OC SARs for allegedly posting  the arrest and extortion of some citizens by SARs operatives in Isuikwuato in his face book wall.

At Aba SARs office,  he was detained until  the President General of his community  came to bail him.

Those  according to our Sources who were extorted were Uzu chikaodi, #11,000. Akosim Monday #10,500. Onyedikachi Ugwa, #11,000. Amechi Chima, #5,200. Ndubueze Emmanuel, #21,500.Onimma Nnamdi,  #5,500. Chinonso Mgbalogu, #5,000. and Chibueze Adibe #5,000.

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HURIDE said it was clear that Okezie was justifiably protesting the extortion of citizens and members of his community which has become the trade mark of SARs in Abia State, lamenting that efforts to sanitise SARs were being hampered by personnel like OC SARs, Aba.

Consequently, said Dede Uzor, he should be disciplined for sabotaging the efforts of IGP and the state Police  hierarchy to stamp out corruption in the Force.

HURIDE also said they detest and reject the manner Okezie was made to make statements under duress.

Okezie had alleged that he was asked to write his statement under gun point and he wrote that the post was done in error.

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HURIDE,unequivocally demands immediate refund of the monies extorted by the officers within 14 days.