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Alleged missing persons: Witnesses solicit panel’s help



Witnesses listed in the case of alleged enforced disappearance have sought support from Independent Investigative panel on defunct SARS over their missing family members.

One of the witnesses, Mr Ismail Mairungu, while testifying before the panel on behalf of his two younger brothers, Yakubu Danjuma and Ibrahim Daniel pleaded for help.

He told the panel that on December 13th 2019, Danjuma Yakubu, a serving police officer at Jada, in Adamawa state left his station to Jos Plateau State inorder to visit his family.

Ambrose stated that while on transit, his brother branched by the mechanic site to fix his car, there he called his wife informing her that he was on his way home.

He, however told the panel that from the moment his brother called his wife till date, he has neither been seen nor heard from.

Worried by the fact that his brother suddenly could not be reached, Ambrose said he travelled to his brother’s office in Jada, on the third day where he met with the commandant, seeking to know what had become of him.

According to the witness, the commandant, Nigeria Police Jada, Adamawa State, informed him that Yakubu Danjuma had indeed sought and obtained permission to visit his family, he however added that efforts by him to contact Danjuma since he travelled had proved abortive as he could not be reached on phone.

“Thereafter, I went to police headquarters Yola, where I was told, my brother was arrested, but nobody could tell me who arrested him” said the petitioner.

Ambrose further stated that, he however got information that his brothers were arrested by the IGP IRT.

Continuing, Ambrose said, on 17th December 2019, the victim called his wife informing her that himself, his younger brother ( Ibrahim Daniel) and one Choji Dung had been arrested by the Police.

“On January 13th 2020, I met DCP Abba Kyari in Abuja and complained about my missing brothers, he asked for their names, then gave me a telephone number to call his Personal Assistant, the PA however rejected my calls” Mr. Ambrose lamented.

In addition to his desire to see and return home with his brothers, Ambrose is requesting the sum of Ten Million Naira compensation for each of his two brothers over their dissapearance.

For Mrs Blessing Choji Dung ( wife to Choji Dung) the third victim listed alongside Yakubu Danjuma and Ibrahim Daniel, recounted before the panel all what she witnessed.

Mrs Dung told the panel that on the 17th December 2019, her husband received a phone call from his friend, Yakubu Danjuma asking that they meet outside the house.

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