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My nephew’s killing caused me incurable illness, petitioner tells panel

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By Onyinye Ekwealor

Daniel Ozoemena, uncle of Solomon Odinaka Ozoemena, a victim of extra judicial killing by the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has said that the unlawful killing of his nephew caused him an incurable disease gotten from shock.

Mr Ozoemena, the petitioner, narrated that in 2007, when MASSOB activities were at it’s peak, his nephew in their village, Ukwalla, Anambra west local government, met his death on his way to evening Benediction at St. Catharine’s Catholic Chaplaincy. 

According to the petitioner, the victim had a bag that contained the some apparel for church service; but SARS operatives that arrested him claimed that he was a member of MASSOB, and that the clothes in his bag were for their initiation.

“Without further investigation, Solomon was killed and thrown into Omambala River, and is not recovered till date. 

“When we heard about our brother’s illegal murder, I, Hon Ozoemena, went to the police station to report the incident. On arrival to the 3-3 police station to file the report, the policemen told me that operatives, who arrested and killed my nephew were SARS officials from Onitsha. They told me to go there to plead my case, that they would not interfere in the matter.

“So, I proceeded to the SARS office in Onitsha. When I got there and presented my case, I was harassed and threatened never to come back to the station. They told me never to return to the station or they would tag me one of the sponsors of MASSOB. 

“Since the unlawful murder, I developed strange ailment resulting from shock. So, I plead with the panel to do justice to the matter. It still hurts that we have not found the corpse of the deceased. Even though his remains would have decayed beyond recognition, yet, justice will be our only consolation,” the petitioner concluded.

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