The Edo State Judicial Panel of Enquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses has ordered the arrest of a retired Chief Superintended of Police (CSP) Carol Afegbai for failing to appear before it to explain her alleged role in the killing of a 500 Level student of University of Benin, Ibrahim Momodu in 2015.
A member of the panel, A. B. Thomas said that Afegbai who was then Divisional Police Officer of Ogida police station when Momodu was killed must appear before the panel to explain her roles in the killing if she has nothing to hide.
Thomas noted that if the court had not tried her when the case was first instituted, it was because she was not included in the suit, adding that she has to appear before the panel now that there is a petition against her.
He said, “If she was not arrested by the high court, if she was not arrested by the court of Appeal, it is because she was not a party it was state versus the man who pulled the trigger but before us here, she has been mentioned and if we end the case without summoning her, it will seem she is above the law. Therefore, we summon the Commissioner of Police to produce Mrs. Carol Afegba before this panel”, he said.
In her ruling, Chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (rtd) ordered the immediate arrest of Carol Afegbai.
“Earlier, the panel had summoned the respondent to appear before this panel at today’s (Monday) proceedings and it is on record that she has failed to do so.
“It is of the view therefore of this panel that the respondent having failed to appear before the panel, a warrant of arrest should be issued for her to appear before the said panel.
“It is hereby ordered that a warrant of arrest be issued forthwith on the said respondent who is named Carol Afegbai who shall appear before this panel following the order of this panel on the December 9, 2020”, she said.
The late Ibrahim Momodu was a 500 Level student of Faculty of Laboratory Science, University of Benin as at the time he was killed close to his family house at No 1, Igbobaewaye Street, off Siluko road by Textile Mill junction.
In a related development, a lawyer, Abraham Oviawe who is counsel to one Solomon Obode yesterday prayed the panel to invite the police officers who were allegedly involved in the killing of Benson Obode as the counsel feared that the alleged killers may have escaped from the Oko Correctional Centre and the Benin Maximum Correctional Centre along Sapele road, Benin City.