The widow of the late Samuel Brownson, Patience, on Monday demanded N50m compensation for her husband’s death in the hands of the men of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad in 2013.
She told the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry that her husband was murdered alongside three of his labourers in his farm in Ute village after an altercation with policemen, who buried the four of them after committing the heinous act.
She said, “The police loaded the corpses of my husband and his three labourers into their van while an officer drove my husband’s vehicle to the police station.
“I traced them to the Edo State Police Command headquarters in GRA, Benin City. When I got to there, I identified myself as the wife of Mr Samuel Brownson. I was beaten up, accused of being a wife of the leader of an armed robbery gang and I was detained for four days without food and water. I was released five days later after the intervention of my lawyer.
“To cover their evil deeds, the police hurriedly buried my husband and the labourers,” she said.
She said that the family mounted pressure on the police to exhume the body of her husband for an autopsy and that the result from the autopsy revealed that he died from bullet wounds.
Likewise, one Mrs Rosemary Amadin asked the panel for N25m as compensation over the death of her husband, Mr. Odewingie Amadin.
She told the panel that her husband, a truck driver, was chased to his death by SARS men in 2019.
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Rosemary said in order to avoid being shot by the police, her husband jumped into the Ologbo River and when he requested for help, the police allegedly threatened to kill anyone who volunteered to help him and watched him drown.
Chairman of the panel, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (retd.), adjourned in order for the police to also have the chance to state their own side of the story.
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