The Abuja judicial panel which was established to probe police brutality, has directed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), to produce suspended deputy police commissioner (DCP), Abba Kyari, on March 22 for questioning over missing persons.
The panel, currently investigating allegations of human rights violations by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), also ordered the new Commandant of the IGP-IRT, Tunde Disu, to ensure that Kyari is produced before it on March 22.
Kyari is currently in the NDLEA custody over an alleged link with an international drug cartel.
Mr John Martins, representing the Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Suleiman Galadima, said that the presence of Kyari before the panel was necessary as a petitioner’s witness had mentioned him.
“The witness testified that Kyari allegedly promised to reach out to him in respect of the missing persons and till date nothing was heard about them”, said Martins.
Adding that, “The above order is made in respect of three persons, who were allegedly arrested and detained by the IGP-IRT detention facility.
”The whereabouts of Yakubu Danjuma, Ibrahim Daniel and Choji Dung are still unknown.”
The order to produce Kyari followed information from the panel’s counsel, Halilu Adamu, that Kyari was in the custody of NDLEA.
The Police Counsel, James Idachaba, told the panel that the Police can no longer produce Kyari, having been suspended.
The panel had on March 8, 2022, ordered the Office of the Inspector-General of Police to unfailingly produce the aforementioned three victims before it.
Before the panel’s order, a Federal High Court sitting in Gudu, FCT, Abuja, had ordered for the release of the mentioned persons, but till date, the order has not been carried out.
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