Saturday, 24 October 2015

(VIDEO) Police brutality too many

One of the foremost Human Right Advocates in Nigeria based in Rivers State, Nigeria Barr. Higher King has decried what he described as incessant unlawful arrests/detention, release and continues hunting of Mr. Samuel Jonah Nnanta and vandalization of his properties by men and officers of Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in Rivers State Nigeria.

                                                      Human Right Advocates; Barr. Higher King

Higher King disclosed this during a press briefing in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the 17th of October, 2015 in Port Harcourt. He gave a historical account of how is Client Samuel Jonah Nnanta was detained for several months. 

                                                               Client Samuel Jonah Nnanta

He said his Client’s property was invaded by men of the Special Operation Squad (SOS), Anti – cultism unit (ACU) and the Special Armed Robbery Squad (SARS) on the 21stof June, 2015 at Rumuekini, Rivers State Nigeria with millions of naira worth of properties destroyed.

Barr Higher King further explained to news men that Mr. Samuel JonahNnantais a respectable senior member of his Rumuekini Community, which made the Elders in Council to appoint him as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the entire Rumuekini in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State and that since his appointment as the CSO, he has judiciously and judiciously carried out his duties without fear or favor which is why criminal elements in and around the Community does not want to see him continue helping the Police to get rid of them.

During the said Police invasion of 21st June, 2015, over 100 Policemen came in over twenty Police pickupsvehicles, armed to the teeth. They did not only vandalize property but in the process killed two persons: one Mr. Ifeanyi- a staff to Mr. SamuelNnanta and one other passerby who came to charge his phone on thatfateful Sunday, 21stJune 2015. 

According to him 

“the police men equally de-roofed and damaged his Client's building and other item such as television sets and computers”. 

The same team of police officers went to the house of Mr. Samuel Jonah Nnanta “Ransacked his house carted away television sets, home theater, washing machines, micro wave and valuable items of personal apparel such as gold watches and necklaces worth over 50 million naira.

And on the 9thof July 2015 in the company of equally eminent citizens of Rivers state Mr. Nnanta upon return from his travel went to the Police station with Chief (Hon) Emmanuel Worukwo (J.P) and Hon. Prince Timothy Nsirim, forma Chairman of Obio/Akpor LGA of Rivers State of Nigeria. 

A man who voluntarily submitted himself to the Police was later detained for several weeks both at Port Harcourt, Lagos and at the Force Headquarters Abuja. Please see a copy of the petition Mr. Nnanta sent to the IG, Senate President, Speaker House of Representatives and to Hon K.O Chinda, Representative for Obio/Akpo Federal Constituency for full story.
Barr Higher King further said that the Police was to repeat their action of 21stJune, 2015 on Friday October 16th, 2015. This time in a lethal style. 

                                                                                   2 bikes Burnt

He said that the Police invaded his Client’shouse with about twenty six Police marked vehicles, shooting sporadically leaving destruction in their wakes. That from eye witness account the said Policemen who came were chanting war songs saying that they have come to kill and to destroy and not to arrest. They got into Mr. Nnanta’s hotel destroying plasma televisions, burning sleeping mattresses, motor bikes, chairs, killing dog on chain etc.

                                                                         Dog and the 2 burnt bikes

Speaking with news men at the scene of the incident Mr. Nnanta led news men to see the wanton destruction of his property by men of the Nigerian Police. 

Speaking to news men he said

“I don’t know why this conspiracy to take away my life and frustrate my family, I don’t know where it is coming from, that is why I am calling for public intervention, Government intervention, the executive Governor of Rivers State to intervene to save my life and that of my wife and children”

He further explained that he was at home due to the death of his Paramount Ruler when he got a call from some of his staff from his hotel, informing him that Police men have invaded his hotel again and that people are running away. 

He further stated that the Police 

started burning things in my house, brought out my televisions broke them to pieces and didn’t go with them” and that they took away 500 hundred thousand naira from his drawer". 

During the Police brutality of 21st June, 2015, the Police took away properties which some were later returned while others have not been returned till today but the invasion of Friday October 16th, 2015 took a new dimension of total destruction.

                                                       Eye witness Mr.Amaka Christopher

Also speaking, an eye witness Mr.Amaka Christopher, who is one of the landlords in Rumuekini whose building shares fence with that of the said 

Mr. Nnanta hotel explained that ;

“there was a shooting  around 6:30…this incidence happened last time, Police came here in the same compound, they killed two people, this time around they killed a dog’’

He further said 

“They (the Police) were shouting that they are here to kill, we are scared and we are calling for the government to help us come to our aid”.  

 Mr. Amaka Christopher wondered why they cannot enjoy their rest in the area. He also confirmed that since Mr.Nnanta was appointed the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of Rumuekini community that they have enjoyed relative peace, not until this disruption.

Barr. Higher King explained that the fundamental human right of his client has being trampled and violated by the Nigerian police, although every effort made to uncover the perpetrators of this dastardly acts proved abortive, as the Police has denied knowledge of the team and squad that carried out the  recent invasion. He noted that this is not the first time the Nigerian Police men will exhibit and orchestrate such brazen brutality/rascality, character and attitude that was obtainable in the military era or in a banana republic.

He also did not rule out political coloration using the Police. Curiously, the Police brutality came a day after Mr. Nnanta handed over to the Police some cult boys arrested in the community. This is the time to put a stop to this Police brutality too many.


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