The family of the 98 years old Cecilia Okpalaku who was recently harrassed and injured by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) has cried out on the resistance of the special police department to allow for investigation over the matter.
You may recall that in August there were reports of an incident in Achina, Anambra State where SARS operatives in a bid to forcefully gain entry into the home of Mrs Cecilia Okpalaku, mother to one Emeka Okpalaku over a disagreement between Emeka and his wife Esther Chiemerie Okpalaku (nee Ezekwe) whom Emeka accused of terminating a pregnancy that would have produced their second child while he was away abroad.
Reports had it that the embattled wife, Esther stormed the husband’s place in Achina with some SARS operatives, and in the process allegedly attacked and assaulted the 98 year old Mrs Cecilia, who tried to stop them from gaining entry into the house.
The incident happened when Emeka had travelled back to his base abroad, however while contacted, the police through the Police Public Relations Officer insisted that the SARS operatives had to forcefully gain entry into the house because they sighted the suspect (Emeka) who they said confiscated the credentials of his wife Esther after their disagreement in order to deny her the chance to report to NYSC camp.
The family of the victim, Mrs Cecilia has since petitioned for a full scale investigation over the matter. In their petition, they presented travel documents suggesting that Emeka had travelled before the incident. They accused the SARS operatives of illegally invading their home and injuring their aged mother.
The matter which had since been moved to the State’s Special Investigation Bureau (SIB), a police department incharge of investigation is according to the petitioners not making the necessary progress owing to the reluctance of the SARS department in the State to cooperate with investigation inspite of the efforts of the operatives of the Investigation Bureau.
According to Nze Nathaniel Okpalaku, a member of the aggrieved family, Esther Chiemerie Okpalaku (nee Ezekwe) and her friend Jennifer Okafor were on Thursday arrested by the police SIB unit for questioning, however the arrest was met with resistance by SARS operatives who frustrated the arrest by the SIB unit, this has stalled the investigation process and has put a question mark on the interest of SARS over the matter that would warrant them to intersect an arrest being enforced by another police department.
The family has however vowed to pursue the matter until justice prevails over the illegal transfer of aggression and consequent hospitalization of their aged mother, Mrs Cecilia Okpalaku by the operatives of SARS.