“SARS Tortured, Starved My Brother To Death” —Doris Ididia sister of a victim of police brutality tells the independent investigative panel Abuja.
She narrated how the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS ) tortured and starved Festus Idehen for three days before he died.
Doris Idibia accused Inspector Kingsley of orchestrating the operation in October 2016 which left her brother with various degrees of injuries before he eventually passed away.
Ididia burst into tears as she narrated how her brother was beaten to stupor by the mob and how effort to avail her brother with medical treatment was rejected.
Festus Idehen deceased was said to have bought a car from his brother-in-law, Onyekachi, which police claimed was a stolen car.
She explained that Idehen received a phone call on October 3, 2016, and he drove in his car to meet the caller. He was trailed from behind by the operatives who arrested him she lamented.
“SARS Tortured, Starved My Brother To Death” —Doris Ididia said her brother was portrayed as a thief before a mob descended on him and dehumanised him with beating.
She said her brother was later taken to SARS detention centre in Abuja but only taken to the hospital when police discovered that he was almost dead.
The family members of the victim, through their lawyer, have demanded N200 million compensation for the death of Festus Idehen
Their compensation also covers the trauma the family has gone through over his untimely death.
The panel adjourned the matter to December 15, 2020, for cross-examination of the complainant and continuation of hearing.
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