By Jennifer John
A victim of police brutality and extortion, Mr Uche Nweke has petitioned the newly inaugurated judicial commission of inquiry into police brutality and related extrajudicial killings, alleging threat to his life by police officers who earlier extorted him.
He told the committee that seven police officers, including Deputy Inspector General of Police, Hosea Karma arrested him, took him to a commercial bank in Owerri and withdrew 500,000 from his account.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after speaking to members of the judicial commission in Owerri, the capital of Imo state, the complainant Uche Nweke said despite High Court judgement in his favour, the said officers involved are still serving in the Nigerian police force, with promotion as the Nigerian Police Force has blatantly refused to obey the court judgement.
He expressed confidence to get justice from the commission of inquiry, as he lamented the hardship he had been faced with since the incident.
The commission of inquiry by governor Hope Uzodimma was mandated to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and related extrajudicial killings and to recommend compensation and other remedial measures for the victims to the government.