Presidential panel summons Dankwambo over death of personal cook

Presidential panel summons Dankwambo over death of personal cook

- The Gombe state governor will be summoned by the presidential investigation panel on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) over the death of one of his personal aides

- John Okon, who was a personal cook to Dankwambo, allegedly died as a result of injuries sustained due to beatings and torture by men of SARS

- According to Okon's wife, problem started after a burglary at the Kaduna residence of Damkwambo where the deceased was living with his family

The presidential investigation panel on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has resolved to summon Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe over the death of one of his personal aides.

Tony Ojukwu, chairman of the panel disclosed as it resumed sitting on Wednesday, January 16, in Abuja.

The panel's decision was in relation to a petition written by the Law Chambers of Sunny Olorunmola on behalf of one Mrs Okon over the death of her husband John Okon who was a personal cook to Dankwambo.

Mrs Okon alleged that her husband died as a result of injuries sustained due to beatings and torture by men of SARS. She further stated that he was in custody of the men of SARS headed by one SP Jummai of the anti crime department, Kaduna.

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She said the problem started after a burglary at the Kaduna residence of Damkwambo where the deceased was living with his family.

The deceased who lived in the boys quarters of the governor’s private residence in Kaduna woke up on November 8, 2018 to discover that the house had been burgled and four theatre TV cinema sets carted away by unknown persons.

The deceased, his wife and other domestic staff reported the case at the Kabala Costain Police Station, where they were all arrested. They were subsequently transferred to the state Police Headquartres on Friday, November 9, 2018 for further investigation.

“My husband fell sick and died on November 13 as he was being rushed to Barau Diko General Hospital, Kaduna for medical attention,” she said.

Counsel to the petitioner, Gloria Balkson, brought a pathologist, Dr Godwin Ayuba, who performed autopsy on the deceased.

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Ayuba led by Balkson narrated their finding to the panel.

“He died as a result of multiple traumas; break down of blood due to infection or drug and so much bile stain, signifying leakages in the gall bladder. His stomach had undigested peppery liquid food and the small intestine was ballooned at intervals," he said.

When the wife of the deceased was led in evidence by her counsel, she said that she identified one Inspector Baba Yakubu as the police officer who dragged her late husband and tortured him.

“They did not allow him to drink water or eat food,” she said.

The panel led by Tony Ojukwu asked Yakubu to respond to the allegation but he denied dragging the deceased.

“I am not working at the counter, my office is upstairs and the ones responsible for feeding suspects are those working at the counter,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the panel was set up by the federal government to investigate the allegations of human rights abuses by the men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The panel is to make useful recommendations to government on the way forward.

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Meanwhile, the outgoing Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has officially handed over to his successor, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu.

The official handover was held at the police headquarters, Abuja at a brief ceremony on Wednesday, January 16.

Adamu's appointment means he is the 20th indigenous IGP Nigeria has had.

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