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Widow demands corpse of husband killed by SARS

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Widow to one of the victims of disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Awkuzu, Mrs. Christiana Ngozi Nnatuanya, on Monday demanded for the corpse of her husband for proper burial.

The deceased, Linus Nnatuanya, reportedly died in the Awkuzu cell of the disbanded SARS in 2007

Mrs Nnatuanya who also demanded for N50 million compensation to enable her cater for the seven children her husband left behind, said her Uwani Ebenebe community believed a man who died in Police cell without burial died a wrongful death.

Narrating how her husband Linus went to market in January 31, 2007 but never returned before the Anambra State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, extra-judicial killings and other related matters sitting in Awka, the widow told the panel that her husband was arrested on his way home.

Mrs. Nnatuanya who was led in evidence by her counsel Ekene Okonkwo, said her late husband was dubbed member of Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State Of Biafra (MASSOB) and was arrested by SARS, taken to their Awkuzu station where he died.

She said: “On 31 January 2007, my husband went to market but did not return. I waited all night and when I called his phone it was switched off.

“On the 6th of January, some one visited me to tell me that SARS officers arrested some people and asked if I had visited SARS office at Awkuzu.

“When I went to SARS Awkuzu station, I saw my husband in cell 4 sweating profusely.

“SARS officers asked me to bring N400, 000.00 which I didn’t have. The next day, I went back to their office with N40 000.00 which I could find but was told that my husband has been transferred to Abuja”.

Mrs. Nnatuanya said it was after some days that a young man Ugochukwu Eze who was released from the same cell informed her that the night before her second visit her husband shouted several times on top of his voice, collapsed and died.

Asked by counsel to the police Obi Innocent, a Superintendent of Police, whether she would blame her husband’s death on police, Mrs. Nnatuanya responded: “if police did not arrest my husband, he couldn’t have died”.

Earlier, Mr. Joseph Ezeonu’s petition against the killing of master Kelechi Ezeonu was heard by the panel.

Kelechi who was aged 15 years was said to have died during cross -fire and the case adjourned to Tuesday, December 1.

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