Dr. Aṅụrịka Kalunta of Aguiyi Ironsi Layout, Umuahia, has narrated how heavily armed policemen had invaded her home, in the early hours of Monday, 5th of October, 2020.
The victim shared the agonising experience today, at Aguiyi Ironsi Layout, Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, during the second sitting of the Abia State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and other Related Matters.
Narrating her ugly experience, Dr. Kalunta told the panel that gatekeeper had suddenly ran up to her in the kitchen where she was preparing dishes in readiness for the funeral ceremony of her late father which was taking place on the same day and told her that armed policemen had forcefully gained access into her building.
Sje said they were not fewer than 10 police officers who invaded her home and requested to see her husband and upon realising that the latter was not available, the officers mandated her to go with them to the station for questioning. She said she requested to know why they were looking for her husband but they decline any further information and instead insisted she followed them.
On their insistence, she said:”I asked to be allowed to go in and change, but one of the officers insisted on going into my bedroom with me, a move but my sister and I resisted.
“At the end, I was driven to the CPS in Umuahia where I requested to see the warrant of my arrest which the police did not provide but told me that someone had written a petition against my husband.
Continuing, she said she was forced to make a statement after which they ordered her to proceed to a cell, and when she asked for what offence she was being asked to be locked up, they forcefully pushed her into the cell. She said it was at that point that she told them she was pregnant.
After two hours in the cell, they brought a Toyota Sienna vehicle with the inscription: Abia Line Transport Limited and asked her to get in. When she further requested to know where she was being taken to, they told her that she was being taken to Lagos.
According to her, when they arrived Lagos, they took her to Alagbon Police Station on Lagos Island where she noticed she was bleeding and reported to the officers who provided her with sanitary pads.
Hours later, the petitioner who happened to be her husband’s half brother arrived at the station and told the police that he paid them huge amounts of money to bring the man to Lagos either dead or alive and not his wife. He however, maintained that the police should hold the woman with them until her husband was arrested.
Days after being driven to Lagos, the police requested a bail sum of two hundred and fifty thousand naira (₦250,000) which her husband transferred to the older sister in Lagos and was withdrawn via POS and taken to the police in cash.
She was still bleeding after her release, and thus visited a hospital where she was advised to run another pregnancy test; she did and it was confirmed positive but faint. The doctor, according to her, asked her to run a scan to confirm if the pregnancy was still intact. But to confirm her fears, the scan returned negative. “I’d lost my baby”, she wailed.
She told the court bring the police to justice and cause them to pay her a compensation to the tune of twenty million naira.
The police on their part, argued that the police command in the state was not responsible for her arrest, as the matter was adjourned to Friday, 13th November, 2020.