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#EndSARS: Anambra Judicial panel summons Ex-SARS Head, James Nwafor

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The Anambra State Judicial Commission of Inquiry has on Thursday summoned former Head of Akwusu Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit, retired Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) James Nwafor to defend himself over numerous cases of human rights violations and extrajudicial killings. 

Chairman of the panel, Justice Veronica Umeh, made the call during the hearing of Emmanuel Iloanya whom Nwafor was alleged to have extra judiciously killed his son, Chijioke Iloanya in 2012. 

Nwafor is yet to publicly confirm the allegation or deny it. 

Nwafor headed the now-defunct SARS unit of dreaded Akwusu, a town in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra. 

Cases against Nwafor appeared in 90 per cent of the 18 petitions heard in the court.  

In October, thousands of Nigerians marched in Lagos and other cities to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit accused of extrajudicial killings and abuses.

During the protest, James Nwafor was accused of numerous extrajudicial killings and human right violations. The claims prompted his sack by the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano and James was rumoured to have absconded Nigeria.

A sister to one of the victims allegedly killed by James Nwafor also confirmed the summon on twitter.

According to Abdul Mahmud, Senior Counsel @ephesisL and a frontline lawyer at the Panel, the Chief Medical Director at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, DCP Kolo, Strategic Tactical Squad of @Policeng Abuja were also summoned to appear on 8 December 2020.

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