The retired Chief Superintendent of Police, Carol Afegbai, has challenged the powers of the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses to compel her to appear before it, at Benin High court.
The panel had last week ordered the immediate arrest of CSP Carol Afegbai (rtd) for failing to appear before it to explain her alleged complicity in the 2013 murder of a 500 Level student of University of Benin, Ibrahim Momodu.
Chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe last week said, “It is of the view therefore of this panel that the respondent having failed to appear before the said panel, a warrant of arrest should be issued against her to appear before the said panel”.
She added, “Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that a warrant of arrest be issued forthwith on the said respondent who is named Carol Afegbai who shall appear before this panel following the order of this panel on the 9th day of December, 2020”, Justice Ehigiamusoe said.
However at the resume hearing on Wednesday, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe told Jefferson Uwoghiren, counsel to the family of late Ibrahim Momodu that they (panel) have been served a court paper from the High Court restraining them from inviting CSP Carol Afegbai.
Ehigiamusoe said the panel would honour the summon to show to other Nigerians that they have respect for the judicial system of the country.
Counsel to the late Ibrahim Momodu’s family, Jefferson Uwoghiren, saw the action of CSP Carol Afegbai as an ambush as he queried that he was not being served the court application.