Written by on November 26, 2020

A fifty-year-Old-Man Identified as Nodi Sylvanus has narrated how a stray bullet allegely shot by operatives of the disband Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS, killed his three days old daughter in Port Harcourt describing the incident as traumatic and unfortunate.

Sylvanus who was testifing before the Rivers State Judiciary Commission of Inquiry, into Police brutality at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre Port Harcourt, said the incident occurered in August 2014 at his residence at Rumuagholu after they were forced inside by the sporadic shooting by SARS operatives.

According to Sylvanus, a bullet from the gun pierced his roof, and killed his three day old daughter pointing out that he was threatened while trying to lodge a complain at the SARS office.

Also testifying before the commission, a former Supervisor with the NNPC, Filling Station in Ahoada Local Government Area, Lucky Ezu stated that the disbanded SARS personnel meted out various degree of injuries on him and was beaten to stupor after trying to settle an arguement between a petrol attendant and SARS personnel over an alleged under dispensing of petroleum product and demanded for twenty million Naira compensation from the Police authority.

On his part, a forty-year-old-man, Tamunodiepreye Akalugogbo also told the panel that SARS operatives allegely shot and killed his fourteen years son during the ENDSARS protest at Oyigbo Local Government Area on October this year and appealed to the Commission to ensure that Justice was done on the matter.

However, a lawyer Mrs Mercy Nwaeke, Counsel to the State Commissioner of Police during cross examination faulted all the petitioners claims, but counsel to the Commission, S.O Inko-Taria Objected and prayed the Commission to accept all the evidence tendered by the victims.

Chairman of the Commission, Justice Chukwunenye Uriri said the Commission would not tolerate unnecessary adjournment considering the time frame of the commission to carry out its duties and admitted all the evidence tendered.

Radio River Correspondent Francis Golden reports that the commission has sixty days to submite its report.

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