EndSARS: Drama as petitioner confronts officer who assaulted him

By Onozure Dania

A mild drama played out on Tuesday when a petitioner, Mr. Okoli Agu Abunike, spotted a Police lawyer who assaulted him at the hearing of his case.

Abunike had just been cross-examined by police counsel, Emmanuel Eze, when he sought the panel’s permission to speak.

Abunike, a father of five, had already answered questions about his allegations that in 2012, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives detained and tortured him for 47 days at their Ikeja station.

The petitioner, a litigation clerk, upon getting the permission to speak from panel chair Justice Doris Okuwobi,(Rtd), he pointed at the police lead counsel, Mr Joseph Eboseremen, and accused him of assault.

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Abunike said: “I am surprised today to see a counsel sitting before this tribunal in my proceedings, Mr J. Eboseremen

“Last year he slapped me four times at Panti (State Criminal Investigating and Intelligence Department, (SCIID) when I went to serve him a court process. He said I should slap him back if I had the balls.”

In his response, Eboseremen denied the allegation, claiming that it all started following his refusal to compromise his integrity in a N200million judgment debt recovery case involving a law firm linked with Eboseremen.

“He (Abunike) wants to dent my image… Myself? Slapping you? I don’t sell my integrity for a pot of porridge,” the police officer said.

Earlier during his cross-examination, Abunike confirmed that the police extracted two of his teeth.

He also said that his mother and wife were beaten up before his property was sold.

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