The National Human Rights Commission on Monday ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to send a delegation condole with the family of a former Minister of State for Finance, Senator Nenadi Usman.
The NHRC panel is investigating alleged violations of rights by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other units of the police.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nenadi’s niece, Anita, 31, was shot and killed on October 13, 2018, around 9:45pm at Katampe area of Abuja by the SARS operative.
The Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Suleiman Galadima, gave the order after listening to a petition filed by the family of George Akapson and Usman on behalf of her niece, late Anita.
The family filed the petition against DSP Godwin Ngochukwu Wagozie of the SARS Abuja; OC SARS, FCT; FCT Commissioner of Police; and the Inspector-General of Police.
Adjourning the petition indefinitely, Galadima, however, commended the police for taking prompt action by charging Wagozie to court.
He also ordered the FCT CP to visit the late Anita’s family to commiserate with them.
Earlier, the mother of the deceased, Esther, told the panel that she was informed that her daughter died on October 13, 2018.
Esther said: “My daughter was shot in her car.
“My daughter graduated from the Kent University in the UK.
“She would have stayed back in the UK to get a job, but she chose to come back to Nigeria and serve her fatherland.
“But what did she get in return?
“She was murdered.”
Esther described her late daughter as a God-fearing woman and told the panel that the family had been traumatised since she was killed.
She said: “No amount of money will bring her back to us.
“The family wants N5 billion compensation to assuage the trauma we went through.
“Anita was an asset to the family, but her life was cut short because of the carelessness of a policeman.”
James Idachaba, counsel for the police, expressed surprise that the family filed the petition before the panel.
Idachaba added the police had done the needful by dismissing Wagozie.
“He has since been sentenced to 16 years imprisonment,” he said.