The Edo State Judicial Panel of Enquiry for victims of police brutality has ordered the arrest of Carol Afegbai, a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, for failing to appear before it to explain her alleged role in the killing of a 500-level student of University of Benin, known as Ibrahim Momodu, in 2015.
- B. Thomas, A member of the panel, said Afegbai who was the Divisional Police Officer of the Ogida Police Division when Momodu was killed must appear before the panel.
Thomas said, “If she was not summoned by the high court or the Court of Appeal, it is because she was not a party; it was state versus the man who pulled the trigger. But before us here, she has been mentioned and if we end the case without summoning her, it will seem she is above the law.”
In her ruling, Justice Ada Ehigiamusoe (retd.), the Chairman of the panel, ordered the arrest of Afegbai.
Ehigiamusoe said, “The panel summoned the respondent to appear before this panel at today’s (Tuesday) proceedings and it is on record that she has failed to do so.
She said “It is of the view of this panel that the respondent, having failed to appear before the panel, a warrant of arrest should be issued for her to appear before the panel.
Ehigiamusoe said “It is hereby ordered that a warrant of arrest be issued forthwith on the said respondent who is named Carol Afegbai who shall appear before this panel following the order of this panel on December 9, 2020”, .
The late Ibrahim Momodu was killed close to his family house at No 1, Igbobaewaye Street.