Family accuses SARS of raping, killing daughter

SARS Lagos command that allegedly raped and killed Ifeoma Abugu who was arrested and detained in their custody
Tochi Juliet

The family of Ifeoma Abugu, a 28-year-old graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, has accused Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Federal Capital Territory Command, Abuja of raping and killing their daughter Miss Ifeoma Abugu.

It was gathered that three policemen on September 10, 2020, around 5 pm, stormed the residence of Ifeoma’s fiancé, Afam Ugwunwa, at Wumba village in the Lokogoma area of Abuja to arrest him.

It was learnt that in the absence of Ugwunwa the fiance, the policemen arrested Ifeoma and took her away.

All efforts made to know which police station she was taken to proved abortive as she was not found until Ugwunwa got a call the next day that Ifeoma had died and her corpse had been deposited in the morgue.

Ifeoma’s brother, who identified himself as Alex asserted that Ifeoma who just concluded her National Youth Service Corps was arrested and killed four days after she had hermarriage introduction with Ugwunwa in Enugu State.

He said, “I was in Lagos when one of my junior brothers called me that he learnt that SARS arrested our sister and she died in detention.

"I just came to Abuja today (Sunday), and I have asked some of my uncles, who have been to the police station, and they said that the policemen alleged that they met my sister unconscious on the bed and they carried her to hospital, where she died.

"When I asked my sister’s fiancé what happened, he said he went out, and someone called him on the telephone that SARS had arrested my sister.

"When he came back, he called someone he knew at the SARS office to help in facilitating her release, but the person was unable to do it that night.

"The following morning, he gave the woman money to help facilitate the release, but the woman called back to tell him that Ifeoma was dead.

"When my uncles saw the picture of her corpse, they saw signs that she was sexually assaulted. We’re waiting for the result of an autopsy to come out to ascertain what happened to her.

"My sister Ifeoma Abugu was arrested four days after her introduction in the village, and her wedding was slated for December. We want the killers to be brought to justice.”

AIfeoma Abugu, a 28-year-old graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, who was allegedly raped and killed by SARS

According to their family lawyer, Ifeanyi Mamah, he said:

''The family of the deceased have not seen the corpse; the picture we have is the one the IPO snapped and sent to us when she went to the hospital, where her corpse was deposited.

From the picture of the deceased, it appeared she was sexually assaulted before her death.

The SARS officers alleged that they met Ifeoma Abugu in an unconscious state and that when they got there, there was cocaine on the table and that they only helped to take her to hospital, where she was examined and pronounced dead.

Still, they forgot that people witnessed when she was taken away.

We want justice to be served; we want the matter to be thoroughly investigated and assigned to good investigating officers because the IPO that has been handling this matter is not erudite enough.

That is why we do not have confidence in them. The officers, who perpetrated this act, must be brought to justice.”

FCT Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, when contacted said he was not aware of the matter and urged the family of the victim to come to the command for further investigation.

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