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 PANEL ISSUES WARRANT OF ARREST ON CP OCHOGWU; DIRECTS NHRC TO PETITION LPDC OVER HIS FRAGRANT DISOBEDIENCE TO ITS ORDER

 PANEL ISSUES WARRANT OF ARREST ON CP OCHOGWU; DIRECTS NHRC TO PETITION LPDC OVER HIS FRAGRANT DISOBEDIENCE TO ITS ORDER

The Independent Investigation Panel on Human Rights Violations by the defunct SARS has issued a warrant of arrest  on the Commissioner of Police in charge of legal services at the Force Headquarters, CP Ochogwu in respect of the alleged enforced disappearance and unlawful arrest and detention of one John Emeka Alozie by the Force since 25th of June, 2017.

 

The CP was on several occasions ordered to appear before the panel with the case file of the victim, Alozie but has refused to honour the order of the panel till date despite adjourning the petitions five times to allow more time for the CP to do the needful.

 

Displeased with the ugly development, the Chairman of the panel Justice Suleiman Galadima observed that the attitude of Ochogwu was unbecoming of a lawyer and officer of the Police Force.

 

In the light of this,  the only option left for the panel is to issue a warrant of arrest on the CP legal and mandate the National Human Rights Commission to write to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC to report Ochogwu’s  conduct in the matter.

 

The Chairman said the CP had flagrantly and repeatedly disobeyed the order of the panel, having refused to turn in the said case file to enable the panel unravel the truth about the whereabouts of Mr  Alozie in accordance with the law.

 

Alozie’s wife earlier told the panel that a high court had ordered the Police to release the victim and the ordered was never obeyed till date.

 

The panel adjourned the petition till 27th of April, 2022 for progress report.

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