Widow of the late Dr. Ferry Gberegbe, Ronke, has dragged the Nigeria Police and Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Rivers State, ACP Akin Fakorede, to court over the death of her husband allegedly killed in the 2019 general election.
SARS officers reportedly killed Gberegbe on March 10, 2019 when they allegedly opened fire at the INEC collation centre in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State. He was a PDP collation agent in the 2019 general election in the local government area.
Counsel to Ronke Ferry Gberegbe, Lezina Amegua, said on Monday that his client filed the lawsuit in a Port Harcourt High Court and that she has asked for N800million damages from the defendants in the case for the violation of her husband’s right to life.
He said that the first defendants in the suit were the Nigeria Police while the second defendant was Fakorede.
Amegua said that his client filed a fundamental rights suit through a fundamental rights procedure, which is a special procedure to file a lawsuit in court involving fundamental human rights.
He explained that the fundamental rights procedure is used when someone’s rights has been “infringed upon”, explaining that his client is asking for damages because her husband’s right to life was violated.
Witnesses had alleged that Fakorede allegedly gave an order for the shooting on March 10, 2019 at INEC collation centre in Bori. They made the allegation when they testified before the State Judicial Commission of Inquiry, set up by Governor Nyesom Wike to investigate the “remote and immediate” causes of the violence and killings and other related acts that led to violence in the February 23rd and March 9, 2019 general elections in Rivers State.
However, Fakorede had since denied that SARS operatives killed Gberegbe.
The commission, among other terms of reference, was to also identify sponsors and perpetrators of the various acts of violence and killings, which occurred in the state in the 2019 general election