Former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Yerima appears before NHRC
After the alleged threat to the life of Katsina’s businessman, Alhaji Musa Wapa, Senator Ahmad Yerima on Wednesday, February 10, appeared before an independent investigation team of alleged human rights violations by non-existent anti-robbery units (SARS) and other units. police of Nigeria.
Yerima was summoned by a jury to answer allegations that he mobilized police to arrest, torture and detain a businessman worth $ 23 million.
When the hearings on the case resumed on Wednesday, Garba Tetenghi SAN, who replaced the presiding judge Suleiman Galadim, asked if the parties (Alhaji Wapa and Senator Yerima) were ready to settle the case amicably and inform the commission about the terms of the settlement. …
In their response, the parties agreed to settle the issue peacefully. The group also indicated that its legal counsel must track the transaction as an amicus curiae in order to secure a settlement between the two parties.
The case has been rescheduled for March 5, 2021 to submit the transaction report to the college.
It should be recalled that in December 2020, the commission agreed with Afolabi Olavale, a member of the legal group of the commission, that Yerima’s name had been mentioned separately in Wapa’s complaint before that, hence Alhaji Wapa’s request for a senator. joined the petition as a necessary part and was thus satisfied.
The applicant had previously testified that Yerima had used the IGP-Intelligence response team to deny him a payment of USD 25 million for the three corn trailers he had supplied to his farm (Rufai Poultry Nigeria Ltd).
During cross-examination before the jury, the applicant told the jury that Yerima owed him 25 million euros, although he admitted that he (Wapa) also owed the senator 23 million dollars.
Continuing, he quickly added that while Yerima’s debt was due, the obligation to pay her debt had not yet been cleared as of June 30, 2020, when the senator allegedly paid € 3 million to a police group made up of Abdullahi and Zakariya. From Kano. He was tortured and detained for six days by State Command and IGP-IRT in Panteka, Kaduna State.
He announced this to the jury on June 30, 2020 at about 18:00. the police car suddenly stopped where his tractor was being repaired and started beating him in front of others, and then confiscated some of his cars.
The complainant also described how the police officers allegedly handcuffed him, and one of them used various forms of torture for the purpose of inhuman treatment of him.
Based on his review by NHRC adviser Afolabi Olavale, the trader stated that the aforementioned police officers did not spare his driver, who he observed was arrested, put on a police bus and accompanied by Katzina to Kano and then to Kaduna. on different days.
According to Alhaji Wap, the police beat them to amazement while on the bus, and that his personal car, which the police allegedly took away from him, was also brought by one of the police in Kano State.
He said that his account at First Bank was frozen due to problems with Senator Yerima and the police. In addition, he told the jury that Yerima tricked him into placing his employment certificate at Jais Bank on the pretext that his money would be paid, “and nothing came of it,” he added.
When asked what he wanted the group to do for him, he asked the group for $ 100 million in compensation for alleged violations and defamation of his image, claiming that the police made him look like a terrorist. He also pleaded with the jury to ensure justice in this case.
During cross-examination, Nigerian police attorney Mr. James Idachaba (DCP) told the jury that Wapa’s arrest was the result of a court order that Wapa said he was not aware of.