A Widow, Mrs. Patience Imaikop Brownson, on Monday prayed the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses for a compensation of N50million for the death of her husband in the hands Nigeria Police SARS officers in 2013.
She said her late husband Samuel Imaikop Brownson days after he had an argument with the policemen who tracked him down a farm road at Uteh village near Benin City before shooting and his 3 labourers to death.
She said after the shooting, while the four persons were still bleeding, help was not on the way and so they bled to death while the Police hurriedly hurried them.
“The police loaded the dead bodies of my husband and his three labourers into their van while an officer drove my husband’s vehicle along with them to the station.
“When I got the news of my husband’s death, I rushed to the scene of the incident, hired a car and I traced to the Edo State Police Command Headquarters in GRA, Benin City.
“When I got to the police station, I identified myself as the wife of Mr. Samuel Imaikop Brownson. I was severely beaten up, accused of being a wife of the leader of an armed robbery gang and detained for four nights without food and water and even without them taking my statement.
She said, “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 who he hired from Aduwawa-Eyaen on the Benin-Auchi Express road”.
She said it was after her family mounted pressure on the police to exhume the body of her husband for an autopsy that a result from the autopsy revealed that he died from bullet wounds.
She added 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 body was exhumed and although decomposed but I was able to recognise my late husband because of the clothes he wore before he left the house that day.
“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.
Chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (rtd) however adjourned in order for the police to also state their own side of the story.