By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City
Mrs. Patience, widow of Mr. Samuel Imaikop Brownson, has appeared before the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses to demand for N50M as compensation for the death of her husband who was murdered by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad alongside three of his labourers in 2013.
Patience Imaikop told the panel that her late husband who once had an altercation with them (SARS) few days back was on his way to his farm in Ute village along with his three labourers of Hausa extraction when the police shot and killed them in the pool of their blood.
Patience said after killing them, their bodies were hurriedly taken away for burial.
“When I got the news of my husband’s death, I hurriedly rushed to the scene of the incident, hired a car and I traced them to their station which happened to be the Edo State Police Command Headquarters in GRA, Benin City.
“I was severely beaten up, accused of being a wife of the leader of an armed robbery gang and I was detained for four nights without food and water and even without them taking my statement.
“I was released five days later after the intervention of my lawyer.
“To cover their evil deeds, the police hurriedly buried my husband and the the labourers which he hired from 2+2 junction, a popular spot around the Aduwawa-Eyaen axis of the Benin-Auchi Express road”, she said.
“That upon the order of His Lordship F.E.N Igbinosa in suit No. MOR/1/MISC/03/2013, filed by B. A. Iluobe, Esq, the Police vide a letter with reference number AR3000/EDS/X/LEG./VOL.III/47 invited and took me and my lawyer and a Pathologist to the burial site.
“The Pathologist and the court both arrived at a well considered conclusion that my husband died of gun shot wounds fired by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Edo State Police Command”, she said.
Mrs. Amadin said, in order to avoid being shot by the police, he decided to jump into the Ologbo River and when he requested for help, the police allegedly threatened to kill anyone who has volunteered to help him.