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We Don’t Torture Suspects, We Solely Scare Them So They Can Confess- Police Officer Tells #EndSARS Panel

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Inspector Gambo Gadzama who appeared earlier than the panel over the alleged killing of 1 Obinna Jonah in a police detention facility in Abuja in January 2020, insisted that the deceased was by no means tortured as alleged within the petition.

“A police officer on Wednesday March 23, instructed an #EndSARS panel that they don’t torture suspects, however solely scare them with phrases for them to admit their crimes.

Inspector Gambo Gadzama who appeared earlier than the panel over the alleged killing of 1 Obinna Jonah in a police detention facility in Abuja in January 2020, insisted that the deceased was by no means tortured as alleged within the petition.

He mentioned;

“No one tortured anyone. We don’t torture suspects, we solely scare them with phrases like ‘I’ll beat you’ to allow them to confess”

Gadzama additionally claimed that Mr Obinna was arrested as a member of an armed theft and cult gang on January 29, 2020 after the chief of the gang, Chikazor, confessed and named 13 different members of the gang.

The police officer mentioned Mr Obinna was indisposed on the time of his arrest and his situation worsened in detention.

He mentioned;

“I used to be referred to as the subsequent day that he had slumped and, we rushed him to Space 1 police clinic”

The police officer mentioned Mr Obinna was confirmed lifeless on arrival on the clinic and his physique was deposited on the Wuse Common hospital mortuary by the investigating group chief. Gadzama additionally mentioned they couldn’t do post-mortem as a result of they couldn’t monitor any of Mr Obinna’s relations.

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Answering questions upon being cross-examined, the police officer maintained that not one of the 14 arrested suspects was tortured.

He mentioned;

“Obinna was by no means tortured as a result of he admitted to the allegations towards him. No one tortured any of them”

The police officer additionally averred that he doesn’t know if the physique of the deceased was nonetheless within the mortuary as he was not the one which deposited the physique.

The panel ordered the police to seek out out if the deceased’s physique continues to be on the mortuary.

Garba Tetengi, one of many panel members, who presided over the hearings, mentioned the panel can solely order the discharge of the corpse of a deceased after affirmation that it’s nonetheless the mortuary.

The panel adjourned the matter till March 29 for the adoption of written addresses.


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