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Letter to governor of rivers state on the gruesome murder of late mr. Simon ihuarulam by rivers taskforce
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Letter To Governor Wike Over Alleged Gruesome Murder of Simon Ihuarulam By Rivers Taskforce

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24/03/2023

The Office of the Governor of Rivers State,

His Excellency, Chief Barr. Nyesom Ezenwonye Wike,

Executive Governor of Rivers State,

Government House,

Port Harcourt,

Rivers State.

Sir,

NOTICE OF THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MR. SIMON IHUARULAM BY OFFICERS OF RIVERS STATE TASKFORCE ON STREET TRADING AND ILLEGAL MOTOR PARKS AND ROAD CONGESTION (OF THE RUMUOKORO BRANCH)  ON SUNDAY, 12TH MARCH, 2023

We are a duly registered body of a non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental, Human Rights Organisation with National Headquarters located in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria, with objectives of enhancement of Human Rights awareness across national boundaries in consonance with universally accepted norms of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms.

We have been consulted and our humanitarian services retained by Mrs. Simon Ihuarulam, whom we shall hereinafter refer to as “Our Complainant” and on her specific instruction we are obliged to write you sir.

Our Complainant is a law abiding and responsible citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, whose husband earn his living and that of his family through commercial bus business. That in the morning of Sunday, being the 12th day of March, 2023 he was about his bus business as usual around Rumuokoro axis, when operatives of the Rivers state taskforce on street trading and illegal motor parks/road congestion as led by the head of the Rumuokoro team forcefully removed his bus battery and pulled out the valve of his tire and took the battery to their office opposite Emmanuel Anglican Church at Rumuokoro.

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It is the complainant’s brief that when her husband went to the office of the taskforce operatives to demand for the battery and inquire to know his offence; that some of the operatives of the taskforce pounced on him and beat-him-up on the grounds that he had the confidence to come and demand for his battery. It was in course of beating her husband that he collapsed and lost consciousness.

That when the operatives saw that our complainant had collapsed they rushed him to a near-by hospital for treatment. But due to the critical state her husband the said hospital referred them to the University Teaching Hospital Uniport for treatment. That it was while her husband was admitted in the hospital that he finally entered comer with oxygen administered on him.

That few hours later her husband died due to complications from the injuries inflicted on him as a result of the torture and maltreatment he received from the operatives under your control. Their were injuries on his head and entire body which shows that he body was battered with dangerous weapons.

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That the co-members of the deceased’s transport association began protest immediately and short down all transport activities on the said day which crippled commercial activities. This same issue is within the public domain and was broadcasted by conventional and unconventional media house in the state. To calm the situation the matter was immediately reported to the Special Area Divisional Police Headquarters at Rumuokoro, Rivers State and later they transferred same to the homicide department at State Criminal Intelligence Investigative Department (SCIID) Rivers State Police Compound. Meanwhile, members of the deceased’s bus drivers association are still demanding for justice to be done as they are very ready to continue with the protest until justice is served in this matter. They also issued a four day ultimatum against the State Government to do something about the welfare and upkeep of their deceased member and immediate family or face further protest. All these are within the public domain.

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Note that you have forty-eight (48) hours from the date of your receipt of this letter to investigate the proprietary or otherwise of the conduct of these operatives involved in these dastardly acts and devise means on how the young family the deceased left who are currently distraught and not being catered for as a result of his gruesome murder. Note that the deceased left behind his wife and five children who are now suffering the painful exit of a husband, father and bread-winner.

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Further note that failure to comply with these demands will leave us with no other option than to seek relieve from the court of law as soon as possible.

Please find attached receipts and documents showing that the deceased was admitted at UPTH and that he died from the torture and injury as a result of the gruesome acts of the operatives of your taskforce.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Yours faithfully,

FOR:  HUMAN RIGHTS SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION.

   Justine Ijeomah                                                                                             Joseph C. Asawabelem, Esq.

(Executive Director)                                                                                                 (Attorney-At-Law)

      08166184219                                                                                                                                      09032396502

Cc:

Inspector General of Police,

Nigeria Police Force,

Forces Headquarters,

Louis Edet House,

Garki, Abuja.

The Commissioner of Police,

Nigeria Police Force,

Moscow Road,

Rivers State

Attorney General of Rivers State,

Ministry of Justice,

State Secretariat

National Human Rights Commission,

19 Aguiyi Ironsi,

Maitama District,

Garki, Abuja.

Chairman,

Rivers State Taskforce on Street trading

And Illegal Motor Parks/Road congestion,

Rivers State.

Team Leader,

Rumuokoro Area of Rivers State Taskforce on Street trading

and Illegal Motor Parks/Road Congestion,

The Director,

Department of State Service,

Port Harcourt,

Rivers State.

The Director,

Amnesty International,

Nigeria Section,

Abuja.

Amnesty International,

International Secretariat, London.

The Press. 

pls find attached documents and pictures,

Justine Ijeomah
Executive Director, HURSDEF
+2348037733513
www.hursdef.org
20 Udi Street Mile 1, Diobu, Port-Harcourt,
Rivers State, Nigeria

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