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Rivers Indigenous NGO’s and Civil Society Network Drags Mini-Okoro Division Over Alleged Torture, Police Brutality

…RINGOCS Demands End to Torture, Unconditional Release by Police .
…Accuses Pastor Bright Deemua of conspiracy, Sponsor of Extra-Judicial Torture of Man.

The Rivers Indigenous NGO’s and Civil Society Network (RINGOCS) has decried the brutality, incarceration and torture of MR. SUCCESS BASSEY over allegations still unclear and under investigation, in total breach of his fundamental human Rights to fair hearing.

RINGOCS also frowns at the conspiracy, and sponsor of extra-judicial torture of Mr. Success Bassey, by a supposed clergy man, and Judicial Officer of high esteem, Justice Bright Deemua.

Tombari Dumka-Kote, Chairman of RINGOCS/Coordinator, River State Response Team on Violence Against Women & Children, stated this after a meeting with the wife and family members of Mr. Success Bassey in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Dumka-Kote called on the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Effiong Okon to order the immediate and unconditional release of the detained man to his family, and commission an immediate investigation into the circumstances that led to the alleged bounding of Mr. Bassey’s hands and foot, hanging, torture and other forms of inhuman treatment suffered by the detainee.

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‘Our demand is premised upon the fact that torture of suspects and unlawful incarceration is against the rules of modern policing, as it violates not only the fundamental rights of the suspect to fair hearing, but is obnoxious and contrary to Section 37(1)(a and b) of the Nigeria Police Act 2020. We have also written to the Commissioner of Police in this regard,’ the group maintained.

‘It is even unlawful for a judicial officer of the rank of Justice Deemua, to descend so low to the extent of been known to have been involved in a process that contravenes the law as in this instance’.

Every Nigerian have a constitutional right to fair hearing, and should not be denied that right by anyone; not even a judicial or law enforcement officer’ the RINGOCS Chairman stated.

Aniefon Bassey, wife of the detained man narrated to reporters how her husband had left home for his daily menial job on the 5th of December 2022 but never returned home, until she got a call from his co-workers two days latter after much search that her husband was arrested and is been detained at the Mini-Okoro Police Division.

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Mrs. Bassey said she visited the station and saw her husband looking differently from whom she use to know as a result of the endless torture and hanging him upside down to make him confess to committing the alleged crime he told her the husband of his former employer, Justice Bright Deemua, a Pastor with the Deeper Life Bible Church, Rumuokalagbor claimed he had committed. She called on well meaning Nigerians, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, and the Rivers State Government to come to the rescue of her husband who is now seriously ill in detention without trial for 14 days now.

Wife of the detained man, who had her 17 months old child in hand, said the daily torture and continues detention of her husband, MR. SUCCESS BASSEY by the Police for 2 weeks now at the instance of Justice Bright Deemua of the Deeper Life Bible Church, has caused her and her child untold hardship as they now beg to feed.

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Also speaking, brother to the detained man, Emaeyak Bassey, told reporters how they first had fears of their brother been missing, before the family was contacted that the young man was in police cell at Mini-Okoro.

Emaeyak. said they attend same church with the complainant, but all attempts to reach out to the church leadership in the State to intervene and reach out to Justice Deemua has remained an effort in futility.

Tombari Dumka-Kote
Chairman RINGOCS/Coordinator, VAWG Response Team. 09025764565

The Police PPRO is yet to react to a text message sent to her WhatsApp phone asking for the clarification of the allegations by The Rivers Indigenous NGO’s and Civil Society Network

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