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COMPLAIN AGAINST CPL. SOLOMON RAYMOND, INSP. NAFIU GARBA AND TWO (2) OTHERS OF YELWA POLICE DIVISION BAUCHI

11:00 Apr 10 2018 Bauchi

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COMPLAIN AGAINST CPL. SOLOMON RAYMOND, INSP. NAFIU GARBA AND TWO (2) OTHERS OF YELWA POLICE DIVISION BAUCHI FOR DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER, INHUMANE TREATMENT, EXTORTION, UNLAWFUL ARREST AND DETENTION OF MR. SOMMIDAH AYUBA (HUMAN RIGHT DEFENDER) AND SIMON ESHAM

The Commissioner of Police,

Nigeria Police Force,

Bauchi State Police Headquarters.

Bauchi.



Dear Sir,



COMPLAIN AGAINST CPL. SOLOMON RAYMOND, INSP. NAFIU GARBA AND TWO (2) OTHERS OF YELWA POLICE DIVISION BAUCHI FOR DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER, INHUMANE TREATMENT, EXTORTION, UNLAWFUL ARREST AND DETENTION OF MR. SOMMIDAH AYUBA (HUMAN RIGHT DEFENDER) AND SIMON ESHAM.



PIDI is registered as non-governmental and non-profit making organization in Nigeria, with Corporate Affairs Commission on 10th July, 2012; To dig deeper into reason why cases of human rights violation and abuse are continuously on increase in Africa, in partnership with government, civil society organizations within and outside Nigeria to promote access to justice and to serve as wrong finders, whistle blowers and agents of change in the society; we objectively look into universal declaration of human rights and constitutional rights of the less vulnerable.



1. It is in the statement of SommidahAyuba a Human Right Defender, staff with the above letter headed address and Simon Esham, complaint to PIDI Executive Director at the Yelwapolice division on the 5th day of April, 2018, at about 05:53 pm:

a) As enclose that SommidahAyuba resides in YelwaMakaranta, while SimonEsham resides in YelwaTsakani of Bauchi LGA, Bauchi State.

b) That SommidahAyuba has a shop of handset accessories at YelwaAnguwaNgas Market and Simon Esham is the sales boy.

c) That around 2:Pm thereabout one police officer on mufti came to buy Glo recharge card of ₦200 only, andafter the card was scratch and he loaded it in his phone, it shows recharged successful but did not indicate the amount in his available balance.

d) That the policeman whom can be identify by the policemen mentionabove, started accusing the sales boy Simon Esham of selling a fake recharge card and the boy in respond told him that he is not sailing a fake recharge card.

e) That as the police officer in mufti continue to laid accusation on the boy, then the boy in respond again, told him that he is the one that is a criminal but him he is not selling any fake recharge card.

f) As they continue to exchange words with each other, theboy now call SommidahAyuba who is the owner of the shop on phone,and on his arrival heintervened and asked the man to wait for a while,may be it’s a network problem or he has borrow money from glo that is why the money did not reflect in his account.

g) That the policeman continued accusing them of selling fake recharge card, and from there SommidahAyuba suggested that they should go to glo office to confirm whether the card had entered the police officer account or not and to also verify whether the recharge card they are selling is fake.

h) That on their arrival at the Glo office Bauchi,the customer care attended to them and confirm that the recharge card they are selling is not fake and that the recharge card has already being credited into the police officer account but it was a network problem that was why the amounts did not reflect in his phone account balance .

i) That the Glostaffs pleaded with the police officer to pay the money for the recharge card, that it will latter reflects in his account, but he refused and the Glo staffs also pleaded with SommidahAyuba to allow the police officer to go and when thecard reflect in his account he will come and pay, but SommidahAyuba equally refused.

j) That the Glo staff settle the case bygiving SommidahAyuba ₦200 recharge card to replace with the one that the police office loaded and allow the the police officer go without paying for the recharge card he loaded.

k) That after an hour thereabout the police officer came back to the shop and said to the sales boy that he will see, then he left and came back with policemen well arm in a van from yelwa police division and hepointed at the boy that they should arrest him he is a criminal.

l) That the sale boy now called SommidahAyuba and told him what is happening and when Sommidah arrived, he asked the policemen what is happening again and they reply him that they have come to arrest his sales boy, and in respond SommidahAyuba told them that he is the boy guardian andthe owner of the shop, that he can go on his behalf and immediately he called PIDI lawyer and the Executive Director to meet him at the police station.

m) That on their arrival at the police station Cpl. Solomon Raymond and other police officerseized his phones and started beating SommidahAyuba, until he was rescue by a woman insp. Juliana terngu whom pleaded with them to stop the inhumane treatment.

n) That after some minute, Friday Ogbonna a neighbor toSommidahAyuba came down to the police station and demanded for bail, which Insp. NafiuGarba andCpl.Solomon Raymond insisted that he should give them money for fueling their van, which they went to arrest the victims with; and he gave them the sum of ₦ 1400 only outside the canter, in agreement that they will still come to his shop for the remaining balance which was done and monitored in the present of PIDI Executive Director, Counsel and others monitors.

o) However; Insp.NafiuGarba went back to the canter and asked SommidahAyuba and his sales boy to put on their shoes, belt etc. and asked them to leave the police station but immediately Insp. Juliana terngu, came in and toldinsp.NafiuGarba, that there is no statement of the complainant neither of the victims and InspNafiuGarba asked the victim to please tell him what happen in order to enable them record in their case registry with the charge of assault and that the case has been discharge, resolve and settle by parties.

p) Moreover; after their release, immediatelyPIDI Executive Director took SommidahAyuba to yelwa domiciliaryclinic under Bauchi state hospital management board for treatment and medication of the internal injury cause by the policemen as a result of the torture and inhumane treatment.



2. It is our submission that every citizen is entitled to equal protection of law, without discrimination on any ground and especially against violence and other threats to any persons and that of their fundamental human rights as enshrine in Chapter (Iv)of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.



Sir, we urged you by virtue of your respectful office to consider the following:-

a) That there is a clear violation of the human rights, See Chapter IV Section 34.-(1) A & B. of the 1999 constitution.

b) That there is a clear unlawful arrest and detention, See Chapter IV Section 35.-(6) of the 1999 constitution.

c) There is clear violation of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015. See Section 8 Sub-Section (1) A,B&C and (2) of the ACJA.

d) There is criminal offence of defamation of character sec. 391 which is punishable by the penal code.

e) There is an offence of Extortion punishable by sec.293 of the penal code.



Sir, we are ready to collaborate with your office for alternative dispute resolution for the promotion of human rights. And we shall be grateful if our letter will receive the maximum attention it deserves.



TAKE NOTE: failure to hear from you within five (5) working days; PIDI will not hesitate to carry out a strategic advocacy to other relevant authorities in this era of change begins with ME.



Yours in the service for humanity
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