Mr. Emma Adimachukwu made the disturbing information public of how the disbanded Special-Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) killed his only son and turned around to collect N400,000 from him for his feeding.
Adimachkwu, an indigene of Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area but resident in Asaba, Delta State narrated his ordeal on Tuesday to the Anambra State Judicial Panel of Inquiry.
Adimachukwu’s son, Obinna Sandy is an international businessman who imported clothes from India and sold them in Onitsha, he was killed in 2014.
Adimachukwu told journalists that he is not interested in remuneration, but to let the world know the many atrocities of the police unit, and to urge the government to ensure that such practices were totally abolished.
He said, “I am happy that a situation like this arose for me to talk about what happened to my son because I was intimidated and never knew I could ever get anyone to listen to me about what happened to my son.
“He graduated at Nnamdi Azikiwe University and served at National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). Because he read Business Administration, I opened a shop for him at Mount Olive shopping plaza, Onitsha.
“He travels to India to buy clothing. On March 14, 2014, he went to Nnewi and collected USD 10,000 owed him by a friend and proceeded to Onitsha to take delivery of his goods that just arrived. He got to the park and was told the bus conveying the goods was yet to arrive, so he waited.
“It was while they were waiting that some SARS men arrived and started shooting and people ran away but he did not run. They arrested him and his friend. As they were taking them to their office, they searched him and saw $10,000USD with him and concluded he was an armed robber.
”My son refused to let them take the money, he fought them. So, when they got to Awkuzu SARS, they told him they will send him to a place where he will fight since he knows how to fight. So, they killed him.
“When I went to see him after his friend who was smuggled out told me of it, James Nwafor (SARS boss) told his men to lock me up that I was a father to an armed robber. Some prominent people intervened and they released me. They later told me to drop money so they can be feeding my son, and they collected N400,000 from me, knowing full well that they had killed my son,” Adimachukwu lamented.
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News