An #ENDSARS panel set up to investigate the multiple crimes of the now defunct SARS unit of the Nigerian Police Force has issued a warrant for the arrest of a commissioner of Police.
The Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations on Monday issued a warrant of arrest on the Commissioner of Police in charge of legal services at the Force Headquarters, CP Igbeh Ochogwu. The call for his arrest is due to the alleged unlawful arrest, detention and disappearance of John Alozie since June 25, 2017.
This was announced in a statement signed by the Deputy Director Public Affairs, Fatimah Agwai Mohammed on Tuesday.
The statement explains that the commissioner was ordered to appear before the panel on several occasions but had so far refused to honor the summons. Chairman of the Panel, Justice Suleiman Galadima (retd.) who issued the warrant described Ochogwu’s attitude as unbecoming of a lawyer and police officer.
The statement read,
“The jurist said the only option left for the panel is to issue a warrant of arrest on the CP Legal and mandate the National Human Rights Commission to write to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee to report Ochogwu’s conduct in the matter.”
“The chairman noted that the CP has flagrantly and repeatedly disobeyed the order of the panel, having refused to turn in the said case file to enable the panel to unravel the truth about the whereabouts of Alozie in accordance with the law.”
A while back, the wife of the victim had testified that a high court had ordered the police to release the victim and the order was never obeyed to date.