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PIP INSISTS ON ABBA MORO'S APPEARANCE DESPITE POLITICAL ENGAGEMENTS.

Posted: 2019-01-21


The Presidential Investigation Panel on alleged human rights violations against SARS (PIP) has insisted that the former Minister of Interior Comrade Abba Moro must appear before it on Friday 25th January, 2019 despite his political engagements.

Abba Moro's Counsel Mr. Paul Samuel Ikpe is for the Second time pleading for the absence of the former Minister in a case bothering on alleged unlawful detention and extortion by SARS.

He informed the Panel that his client's absence is due to the burial ceremony of his Party Leader which is slated on the 24th January, 2019 coinciding with the date fixed by the Panel for his appearance.

Mr. Ikpe specifically stated that his client was very much interested in appearing before the Panel adding that it was on the strength of his petition to the Police that resulted in allegation of torture and maltreatment of some members of his Community in Benue state.

He however requested the Panel to oblige his client to respond to written questions in which the former Minister's testimonies will be heard.

The Panel rejected the request saying it contravenes the essence of constituting the Panel which is a Public enquiry. "the panel would need to conduct some follow up questions that may arise from his testimonies, he needs to be here physically to testify publicly", the Panel Chairman, Mr. Tony Ojukwu said.

It would be recalled that Comrade Abba Moro had earlier on given reasons why he could not appear before the Panel on the 15th January, 2019 following some political engagements.

Abba Moro was accused of authorizing a petition upon which SARS invaded Iwewe Community in Benue State and allegedly subjected them to unlawful arrest, detention and extortion.


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