By Ikhili Ebalu, Beenin City
Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses, yesterday, said it would review the petition brought before it by counsel to late Ibrahim Momodu, Barr. Jefferson Uwoghiren against the Chief Superintendent of Police, Carol Afegbai (rtd) on January 6, 2021.
The panel, at the resumed hearing, unanimously agreed to review the petition since the said Carol had failed to appear before it despite the order of arrest issued against her and more daring was dragging it before a High Court to forestall her appearance before it.
Recall that on December 1, the panel ordered the immediate arrest of CSP Carol Afegbua (rtd) for failing to appear before it to explain his alleged complicity in the murder of a 500 Level student of University of Benin, Ibrahim Momodu.
The late Ibrahim Momodu, 22, a 500 Level student of Faculty of Laboratory Science, University of Benin, was murdered in 2013.
The said late Momodu who was the only male child of his parents was allegedly shot a stone throw from his family house at 1, Igbobaewaye Street, off Siluko road by Textile Mill junction.
The chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (rtd) said the panel is time bound and cannot wait until the High Court rule on the matter before it just as she said the duty of the panel is a fact finding one and also to make recommendations on matters brought before it.
On that, Justice Ehigiamusoe sought the opinion of her co-panelists and unanimously agreed that the petition should be deferred to January 6, 2021 for a review.
Councel to the late Ibrahim Momodu, Jefferson Uwoghiren, said the accused should have appeared before the panel if she has nothing to hide from the public.