…As CSP Nwafor turns down panel invitation
BY O’star Eze
Inspector General Of Police Mohammed Adamu has warned that the police would resist any further attempt to embark on fresh #ENDSARS protest adding that officers and men have been ordered to apply maximum force in quelling subsequent protests.
Adamu made this known to pressmen, Tuesday, December 8, 2020, while inspecting police formations destroyed in Anambra state by miscreants who hijacked the #ENDSARS protest. He stated that the police would resist any attempt to attack government property as well as police formations in the country.
Tracing the origin of the protest, Adamu said it was as a result of an incident at Ughelli, Delta State, where a joint task force on security were conveying some suspects and one of the suspects jumped and was crushed by a moving vehicle.
“Someone caught the incident on camera and posted it on social media with the hashtag #ENDSARS which led to the nation wide protest across the country.
“Officers and men of the police force have been ordered to ensure that law and order are maintained in their various formations.”
Factreporters.com also reports that the Anambra judicial panel of inquiry on police brutality extrajudicial and extrajudicial killings saw the former Officer in charge of Special Anti Robbery Squad SARS, Mr James Nwafor, ignore the invitation of the panel over five petitions filed against him for extrajudicial killings.
The Chairman of the panel, Justice Veronica’Umeh (rtd) had in its last sitting ruled that Mr James Nwafor should be invited to answer allegations leveled against him and some of his officers and men and that he should appear on December 8, 2020.
However, members of the panel were disappointed as there was no sign of Nwafor on the D Day.
Factreporters.com got wind that there was an alleged plan by some aggrieved persons whose relatives were either killed or wrongfully arrested to attack the embattled ex- police officer if he had shown up at the government house venue for the panel of inquiry.
Legal counsel to the five petitioners, Mr Abdul Mammod told the panel that he has closed his cases before it and could not go further since those accused of extrajudicial killings and brutality had refused to come.
He bemoaned the fact that based on the terms of reference given to the panel, it could not enforce the order to bring the accused to the panel.