By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

Chief Superintendent of Police, Carol Afegbai, (rtd), has dragged the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses before a Benin High Court, challenging its right of compelling her to appear before it.

Recall that, the panel, on December 1, ordered for the immediate arrest of CSP Carol Afegbai (rtd) for failing to appear before it to explain her alleged complicity in the murder of a 500 Level student of University of Benin, Ibrahim Momodu, the only son of his parent who was murdered in 2013.

“It is of the view therefore of this panel that the respondent having failed to appear before the said panel, a warrant of arrest should be issued against her to appear before the said panel.

“Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that a warrant of arrest be issued forthwith on the said respondent who is named Carol Afegbai who shall appear before this panel following the order of this panel on the 9th day of December, 2020″, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe, Chairman of the panel said.

At the resume hearing yesterday, chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe told Jefferson Uwoghiren, counsel to the family of late Ibrahim Momodu that they (panel) have been served with a court paper from the High Court restraining them for inviting CSP Carol Afegbai before it.

Ehigiamusoe said the panel would honour the summon to show to other Nigerians that they have respect for the judicial system of the country.

Counsel to the late Ibrahim Momodu’s family, Jefferson Uwoghiren, saw the action of CSP Carol Afegbai as an ambush as he queried that he was not served the court application.


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