- A former senator, Fidelis Okoro is in court to get justice for his murdered son
- Okoro's son was allegedly murdered by an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mohammed Yusuf, in Abuja five years ago
- Okoro is also praying for an order of the court directing the IGP and the police to immediately arraign Yusuf before a court of competent jurisdiction
A former senator, Fidelis Okoro, on Thursday, December 5 told the Abuja division of the Federal High Court how an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Mohammed Yusuf, allegedly murdered his son Chukwuemeka, 31, five years ago in the Federal Capital Territory.
Okoro, who is pressing for N3billion compensation and damages for the unlawful murder, joined the Police Service Commission (PSC), the Inspector-General of Police, Nigerian Police Force and ASP Yusuf as defendants in his suit.
The suit, which was filed by his counsel, J. K Mbanefo Ikwegbue, is urging the court for an order charging the suspects for murder.
Okoro is also praying for an order of the court directing the IGP and the police to immediately arraign Yusuf before a court of competent jurisdiction for the offence of murder.
He wrote in his statement of claim: “On August 11, 2014, the deceased, Mr. John Chukwuemeka Okoro, was in the company of his friend, Sunny Black, eating at a restaurant in Durumi area of Abuja.
A police patrol team from Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) office in Abuja, which came to Durumi in search of other alleged suspects, accosted the late John Okoro and his friend, Black.
“In the confusion that ensued, the policeman shot John Okoro, who was having no arms first in the leg. Having maim*d him instead of taking him alive for interrogation, irrespective of the fact that he was pleading his innocence, the policeman, Mohammed Yusuf, shot him in the chest as a result of which John died.
“First, he was taken to SARS office in Abuja, and in their continuous move to conceal the information about what had happened, took his lifeless body to Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital in Abuja. The police told the mortuary attendant that it was a case of hit and run.”
Okoro further noted that he petitioned the then Inspector-General of Police and the FCT Police Command over the extrajudicial killing of his son.
“The two suspects who were subjected to Orderly Room trial were as follows: F/No 342822 – SGT Agada Kenneth and F/No 366505 – CPL Agada Lawrence,” he said.
He noted that after the Orderly Room Trial of both Agada Kenneth and Agada Lawrence, the police officer, who presided as the adjudicator ruled and recommended as follows:
“That the incident was a case of extrajudicial killing and the two suspects were wrong to have killed John Okoro.
“That the two suspects be dismissed from the Nigeria Police Force with immediate effect for the extrajudicial killing of John Okoro.
“That the two suspects should be charged and tried for murder.
“That the two suspects should be detained in police custody until they are charged to court for a murder trial.”
Okoro, however, informed the court that the two suspects who were detained and waiting to be charged and arraigned for murder had escaped from police detention.
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According to him, the two suspects are still at large since 2015 till date.
When the matter came up in court, none of the defendants was in court, neither were they represented by any counsel.
Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned hearing in the suit to Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Recall that last week, a secondary school student was shot on Wednesday, November 27 by men of the Nigeria Police Force.
The policemen were dispersing protesting members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria also known as Shiites in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, when the incident occurred.
The policemen were said to have opened fire on the Shiites members around Wuse market when the stray bullet hit the teenager as she was returning from Government Secondary School, Wuse.
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