By Archibong Jeremiah
James Ibor, Esq. Lead Counsel, Basic Rights Counsel has raised alarm that his life and that of his family, clients and associates has been threatened for daring to expose the killers of late Stanley Etim, age 23 who was allegedly beaten to death on the 5th of February, 2015 while in police custody at the State Command Headquarters, Calabar.
The lawyer cum activist who spoke to CrossRiverWatch recently disclosed that, “I have been reliably informed by my sources around the Old Residency Museum, Calabar that some men of the Anti-Robbery Squad, Police Headquarters Calabar were there in the early hours of Tuesday 11th December, 2015 plotting an attack on me, my client and associates for daring to expose the murder of Mr. Stanley Etim”.
Furthermore, he revealed that after been reliably informed by his confidential sources, he did a check and his findings linked it to the officers involved in the Stanley Etim matter.
They are Inspector Unoh Egwu, Sergeant Peter Njoku, Corporal Bassey Okim and late Inspector Uche Aligu who died about two months ago with allegation that he went to do charms and on returning he had motor accident along Akamkpa and died.
CrossRiverWatch findings also reveal that following the conclusion of investigation into the alleged killing of Etim, the Inspector General of Police has ordered that the indicted policemen be tried accordingly.
Their process of dismissal commenced with an orderly room trial on, Tuesday 11th December, 2015 and was adjourned to Friday 14th December, 2015.
The Divisional Police Officer of Airport Police Station Mr. Asuquo Ebong is the adjudicating Police Officer in the orderly room trial.
It will be recalled that Late Stanley Etim was unlawfully hijacked on February 5th, 2015 afternoon by the accused policemen, beaten seriously in front of his office (Sparks) then bundled into their car and taken to the station where the beating and torture continued until his death in the hands of the law officers.
They had alleged that the victim who died in their custody died of stomach ulcer but an autopsy report carried out on the 22nd of April, 2015 in the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) proved them wrong with “extensive blunt head and link (upper and lower) injuries” as the cause of death occasioned by torture.
The autopsy result which was facilitated by a police medical doctor from the Force Headquarters Abuja was signed by Dr. Irabor Godstime Isi, MBBS2, NWACP witnessed by Omuruyi Kemveth A. of the department of Histopathology, UCTH.
Barrister Ibor has maintained that, “No amount of threats can make me drop this case because the killing is extra judicial, because he was accused of armed robbery at Niger Mill which our investigation revealed nothing of such nature happened on the said day. The killers must be brought to book”.
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