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#EndSARS: Panel summons Garki Hospital CMD, 1 other over alleged extra judicial killing

Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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An Independent Panel has summoned the Chief Medical Director, CMD, Garki General Hospital, Abuja and the Registrar, Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, MDCN, to appear before it on December 2.

The National Human Rights Commission‘s independent investigative panel is investigating human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.

The  chairman of the panel, retired Justice Suleiman Galadima, summoned the CMD and registrar, after it heard a petition filed by a woman, Chinenye Igwetu, alleging that a SARs officer, Insp. Benjamin Peters murdered her younger sister, Linda.

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Justice Galadima adjourned until Dec. 2.

The petitioner on Nov. 4 told the panel that Peters shot her younger sister, who was a serving her National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, on July 3, 2018 in Abuja, a day before her passing out.

Ms Igwetu listed Peters, the FCT Commissioner of Police and the Inspector-General of Police as respondents in the petition.

Earlier, counsel for the respondents, James Idachaba, told the panel that the police was served with the process on Nov. 4.

Idachaba added that there was need to invite Peters to appear before the panel.

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He added that the police was ready to assist the panel to achieve its mandate.

In his submission, counsel for the panel China Obiagwu, SAN, who appeared for the petitioner, prayed the panel to summon the CMD, Garki General Hospital, Abuja and Registrar of the registrar of the MDCN to give evidence in the matter.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Igwetu alleged that her sister shot in front of the Ceddi Plaza in Abuja and later died in Garki General Hospital.

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“A nurse took me inside a room and informed me that they lost my sister. She died at exactly 6:10am, I can never forget that,” she told the panel.

She said that she filed a complaint at against Peters at the Police Service Commission.

“I want justice for my sister. I want my family to be compensated even though no amount of money can bring back my sister. She had many dreams,” she pleaded.


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