Sun. Sep 15th, 2019

Civil Society Petition Rivers State CP Over Disappearance Of Arrested Suspect From Police Custody

Dandaura Mustapha,Rivers State Commissioner of Police

A Human Rights Organization Civil Rights Council has petitioned the Commissioner of Police ,CP Mustapha Dandaura over alleged disappearance of one Mr Josuah Uche Brown Orukwo after his arrest by Policemen from Eagle crack unit located in Mile 1 Diobu ,Port Harcourt,Rivers State,Nigeria

In a letter signed on September 5,2019 by its National Coordinator Arochukwu Paul Ogbonna and Sabastian Kpalap,Chairman of Port Harcourt branch,which was made available to Revelation Agents read thus:


We have received complaint from the family of one Mr. Joshua Uche Brown Orukwo a native of Ohiauga in Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area in Rivers state residing at 22A Ekwulobia Street Mile 3 Diobu Portharcourt Rivers State.
The said Mr. Joshua Uche Brown Orukwo was arrested by men of the Eagle crack unit of the Police on the 25th day of August 2019 in the evening and taking to the E-Crack police station from where he called his father in the morning on Monday the 26th of August 2019 at about 8:35 am that he was under detention at the Eagle Crack unit.
The father one Pastor Orukwo Moses. A arrived the police station immediately after the call to know what was the matter, just to be informed by the commander of the Eagle Crack unit after going through the detention list that his son was not in their custody. A demand by the father to be taking to the cell to ascertain the presence of son in the cell as he has been called by him was blatantly refused by the commander.
From all available information and evidence to us, that the said Uche Brown Orukwo was arrested on the above date and detained at the E-crack unit of the police is undeniable and that he called his father for his bail on the above time and date stated is a fact. We are surprised that the police unit (Eagle Crack Unit) is vehemently denying arresting and putting him in detention.
We demand that the said Uche Brown Orukwo be released by the police or in the alternative be charged to court if their investigation revealed that he has committed any offence whatsoever. The Nigerian laws is clear on the process of arrest, detention and arraignment of a suspect in court.
The continuous denial of his detention is working great hardship on his family and making the police incur a heavy liability legally. We solicit a very serious attention to this matter as we believe that the Police is a responsible institution of law and order, it is most unfortunate that a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is been held in captivity contrary to the laws of the country.
We urge you sir, to timely intervene to caution a regime of lawlessness in the police (E-crack unit) under your command in the state.
A STICTH IN TIME SAVES NINE
Thanks
Yours Faithfully
AROCHUKW PAUL OGBONNA

National Coordinator

Sabastian Kpalap

Chairman Port Harcourt branch

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