The Legal representative of the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari) on Tuesday, explained why Nzube Obiechinna, who claimed to be a SARS victim was arrested.
The victim, Nzube Obiechinna had petitioned the Lagos Judicial Panel on Police Brutality and Restitution over unlawful arrest, detention, and torture by the police.
She alleged three officers arrested her and her husband on the instructions of DCP Kyari.
Obiechina alongside her husband, Ogechukwu Obiechina alleged that she was tortured and detained for 22 days until she lost her pregnancy.
However, Police counsel, Nosa Uhumwangho told the Lagos Judicial Panel that Obiechinna was detained alongside her husband in order to arrest the notorious kidnapper.
According to the police, she is relative of suspected kidnapper, Chukwudidumee Onuamadike, otherwise known as Evans and was arrested to help trail her brother.
The lawyer also said Nzube Obiechina and her husband, Ogechukwu Obiechina were not tortured nor detained for 22 days but were only held for five days.
During her cross-examination on Tuesday, Uhumwangho also asked the petitioner to confirm if she knew a certain Emeka Nwokolo, to which she answered in the affirmative.
Uhumwangho thereafter tendered as exhibit Nzube’s statement to the police dated June 5, 2017.
He urged the petitioner to admit that her arrest took place the same day she wrote the statement.
Nzube, who disagreed with the Police legal Counsel said she wrote the statement three days after her arrest on June 2, 2017.