The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) panel is investigating alleged violation of rights by defunct Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the police. During the hearing in Abuja, the panel confirmed the death of an alleged suspected cultist, Edward Dumisara who died under the custody of defunct SARS. ASP Ameh Agbo has told the panel that the deceased was killed during an exchange of gunfire between the police and cultists in Bowe community in Khana. It was alleged that the deceased had undergone an unlawful arrest and had gone missing before the news of his death.
Brother of the deceased who is identified as Confidence Leera, brought a petition on the matter before the Abuja panel. He said the family had not set eyes on Dumisara since his arrest in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, by some officers in November 2019. He added that Dumisara was secretly abducted and imprisoned by the police.
Three senior officers; Martin Samuel, Essien Edet and Ameh Agbo, who were attached to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team, were accused for the unlawful arrest and enforced disappearance of Edward Dumisara
Led in evidence by his counsel, Gabriel Okpata, ASP David Agbo told the investigative panel on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 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, that Edward Dumisara died of gunshot injury he sustained during an exchange of gunfire between the police and cultists in Bowe community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers state.
According to him, ”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 Hospital. Dumisara’s remains are deposited at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH)”, News diary online quoted him saying.
While being cross-examined by the counsel for the petitioner, Victor Giwa, asked Agbo 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. David said that he first saw the deceased when he was first arrested on July 30, 2019 in connection with the kidnapping of Obianuju Anijemba. He noted that the money 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.
Mr Agbo refute allegations of denying access to members of the deceased family.
Meanwhile, Justice Suleiman Galadima (retd), adjourned hearing until April 12 for adoption of written addresses.