The Police Stakeholders Partnership Forum in Anambra State and the Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Center have called for a fair trial for Mr. Nnamdi Emeh, the whistleblower who exposed organ harvesting atrocities and extrajudicial killings allegedly committed by some top police officers of the Anambra State command .
The PSPF and RULAAC, which emerged from a meeting in Awka on Thursday where they reviewed the security situation and human rights activities in Anambra State, insisted that the whistleblower was given a fair and open trial.
Emeh, a serving National Youths Service Corps member who served as an IT consultant to the Anambra State Police Command and attached to the Rapid Response Squad, Awkuzu, has been accused of hacking into a suspect’s account and stealing the sum of N47 million from the account.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Echeng Echeng, disclosed this during a press briefing in Awka last Friday, adding that the whistleblower is in police custody since he was arrested and his case is already at the Federal High Court.
After the meeting, signed by the Coordinator of Anambra PSPF, Prince Chris Azor, and the Managing Director, RULAAC, Mr. Okechukwu Nwanguma, the groups reacted to the development in a communiqué, “Although the police had claimed that the matter is now in court, having charged against the accused, he remained in police custody more than two months after he was arrested.”
The various participants also called on the Inspector General of Police to make public the findings of the panel he set up that investigated the allegations against the police officers accused of organ harvesting and extrajudicial killings in Anambra and to also bring them to justice if indicted.
The statement read in part: “It was observed that in late April, more than a month after he was taken into custody, the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, Mr. Echeng Echeng, addressed a press conference in Awka where he presented further allegations against Nnamdi Emeh without giving details, saying the case was now in court.
“There were also reports in early March that the panel of inquiry set up by the IG to look into these allegations, which met at an undisclosed location, had submitted its report to the IG after two months, but the outcome of the inquiry is yet to be ready.published to date.
“Although the police authorities in Anambra state claimed that the case is now before court, after charging Nnamdi Emeh, he remains in police custody more than two months after he was arrested and yet to be brought to court.
“The meeting opined that while the civil society welcomes the decision by the Nigeria Police Force to finally charge Nnamdi Emeh to court – as long as he would be accorded a fair trial based on the charges against him by the police – the civil society also calls on the Nigeria Police to to publish the result of the investigation into the allegations against the accused police officers and also bring them to justice.”
The groups also expressed concern over the serious allegations leveled against the Rapid Response Group Commander, CSP Patrick Agbazue; Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 13 Police Headquarters, Ukpo-Dunukofia, SP Nwode Nkeiruka; Inspector Harrison Akuma of the RRS and others allegedly involved in a cartel that routinely carries out arbitrary arrests, illegal detention, torture and execution of prisoners in their custody, converts and steals their money and other valuables, and harvests their organs for sale.
“We note that in February 2023, following this startling disclosure by the whistleblower, the Inspector General of Police initiated a team of police investigators to investigate the allegations.
“The accused police officers were invited to the force headquarters and allowed to return to their posts the same day.
“We observed that the civil society organizations had called for the suspension of the officers pending the conclusion of the investigation to ensure that they do not interfere with the investigation, but that did not happen.
“The IG has also promised to reorganize Anambra RRS. We are not aware that this has happened,” the groups added.
The meeting was facilitated by RULAAC with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
In attendance were members of community-based organizations and other civil society organizations, religious and traditional leaders, some survivors and family members of victims of police brutality, representatives of government agencies including the National Orientation Agency, National Human Rights Commission, lawyers. , women’s groups, young people, associations, media and other stakeholders.
About 35 participants from these constituencies were present.