Former governors of Anambra State, Dr Chris Ngige, Chief Peter Obi and incumbent Governor Willie Obiano have moral explanations to offer to the people of Anambra over the atrocities of the dreaded SARS operatives in the state during their tenure.
Specifically, former Gov Ngige has moral explanations to offer concerning the killing on 4th November 2004 of 20 defenseless detainees at Awka CPS SARS Headquarters, according to International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Intersociety, in its latest report titled “Anambra Police SARS Atrocities: Setting The Records Straight (1).
The report said that for Ngige “Despite the public outcries that followed same, he kept mute and did nothing. For former Governor Obi, it is for him to tell the world what he did as the Governor during the Ezu River massacre and dumping saga where 25-40 unarmed detainees were found floating inside Ezu River.
“For incumbent Gov Obiano, it is not only that he knew and still knows that Anambra Police SARS slaughter citizens outside the law, including starving and suffocation to death in 2017 of eight detainees at Nneni SARS Annex, but also his controversial appointment of retired CSP James Nwafor as his SSA on Security and role he played in 2016 in bringing him back to the State as “OC/SARS” despite his grisly human rights records, Intersociety demands.
The group said that going by the wordings of the 1999 Constitution and other relevant auxiliary legislations, neither Ngige nor Obi or Gov Obiano shall be held legally responsible for the atrocities of the Anambra Police SARS since 2004.
“That is to say Police SARS atrocities perpetrated from 2003-2006 when Ngige held sway; SARS atrocities of 2006-2014 when Obi held sway; and SARS atrocities of 2014-2020 under current Gov Obiano. However, trio have moral explanations to offer as per what they respectively did to get justice for the tortured and slain victims and stop further desecration of the State’s moral values including dignity of human person and sanctity of human life rested within the confines of the law and due process.