Alleged Torture: Families Cry Out Over Ailing Sons At Police Cell

Alleged Torture:  Families Cry Out Over Ailing Sons At Police Cell

…say they are stooling, vomiting blood

Paul Obiajunwo Port Harcourt

 The families of Alali God-dey Tamuno-Ene and Da Obufia Isokariari who were being detained by officers of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State have called on the general public and the Inspector General of Police (IG) to save their ailing innocent sons in police cell.

The suspects who hailed from Buguma in Asari-Toru Local government area of Rivers State were arrested at Elekiohia and Eagle Island axis of Port Harcourt in connection to some robbery cases and they have spent more than a week in Police cell  

Mrs. Inye Braide, the mother of Da Obufia Isokariari said her son who is dying and stooling blood in Police cell is innocent of any reason for which police may have arrested him.

She alleged that the police subjected her son to serious torture to admit on the crime he did not commit, adding that she is going to die if police continue torturing her son in a wicked manner.

She noted that the last time she visited his son he was very weak and in a serious pain due to the level of beating and torture police subjected him to.

Mr. Tamuno Tonye, the sister to  Alali God-dey Tamuno-Ene said her family would not take it lightly with Rivers State Police Command if anything happened to her brother in police cell.

She said:  “Already my brother is vomiting blood due to the wound he sustained from Police hard torture and beating.

He is innocent, we are calling on the general public and the Inspector General of Police to assist us order for thorough investigation into the matter.

Their lawyer, Mr. Innocent Naador of Igweonwu Chambers has threatened a legal action against Anti-Robbery Squad officers for unlawful arrest, detention and torture if they failed to charge the suspects to court by Friday.

He said his clients have confidently informed him and their relatives that they know nothing about the said robbery or any other crime for which the police arrested them.

Naador said: “We have visited the Police Station and met with investigating Police Officer who assured us that our clients were held and detained. They are vomiting and stooling blood from an injuries sustained from torture and beating. We want the Police to charge them to court or have us to contend with.”

The Rivers State Police Spokesman, Ahmad Mohammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) confirmed the report but disagreed with suspects’ lawyer and relatives that they were subjected to serious torture.

He said the people are being economical of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of the duo, adding that the issue of torture is seriously discourage by the force where some officers who are found wanting of the infraction are sanctioned.