Matters arising | How SARS Operatives Allegedly Raped And Killed Bride-To-Be, Stella Ifeoma Abudu, Weeks After Completing Her NYSC

The families of Late Stella Abudu arrested, assaulted, molested, allegedly murdered by SARS in Apo, Abuja, are demanding justice for their daughter who was arrested by three SARS operatives on Thursday, September 10, 2020, when they invaded the home of her fiancé, Afam Ugwunwa, at Wumba village in the Lokogoma district of Abuja to arrest him.

The Abudu family and their lawyer, Barr. Ifeanyi Cosmas of Cosmic Legal Consult, on Wednesday, had a meeting with Adada General Assembly, led by Hon. Lazarus Ogbonnaya, and other members including Mr. Eze Michael Obochi and Barr. Chidozie Onah


The family of Late Stella Ifeoma Abudu, the bride-to-be who was allegedly raped and murdered by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has moved to petition the International Human Right Commission (IHRC); a civil society group, Transparency Internation; the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) and other relevant bodies

The Adada Group maintained that it will ensure Late Stella gets justice, adding that a proper forensic examination and autopsy are carried out to get to the root cause of the deceased’s death.

The group has taken steps to reach the Enugu State Government liaison Office in Abuja to ensure that justice is receive for the deceased.

Recall that in an exclusive interview, Barr. Ifeanyi Cosmas Mamah Esq. told The Street Journal that the SARS operatives were in search of Stella’s fiancé on allegations that he was in possession of hard substances suspected to be narcotics.

Barr. Cosmas said“The case has been transferred from the Apo police division to the FCT Command and the Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, has ordered for an autopsy to be done to ascertain the cause of her death.

“I can also confirm to you that the SARS officers who are responsible for her death and were at large have been identified, arrested and are currently undergoing interrogation at the station.

“Late Stella just rounded up her NYSC and did her introduction with her fiance on the 6th of September and her traditional wedding was billed for December, 2020.

“Residents in the area have affirmed that the SARS picked her up on September 10th but the police have continued to say they met her unconscious when they broke into her fiancé’s apartment and took her to the hospital.

“We have strong reasons to believe that Stella Ifeoma Abudu was sexually assaulted before she was killed. That is why we wrote a petition to the Inspector-General so that the case is transferred from the Apo Police Station to the Police Headquarters. We lost faith in Apo Division.

“They alleged that her fiancé was in possession of narcotics that is why they were looking for him.”

In addition, Senate has Commenced investigation of the alleged rape, murder of Late Stella Ifeoma Abudu by SARS

The Nigerian Senate has mandated its Committees on Police Affairs and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate the alleged arrest, detention, rape and murder of Ifeoma Abugu by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) FCT Command in Abuja.

It also mandated the committees to investigate the status of the presidential directive on the reorganisation of SARS in light of the recent public outcry over atrocities perpetrated by the squad.

This was sequel to a point of order raised by the senator representing Enugu North senatorial district in the Nigerian Senate, Chukwuka Utazi.

Ms Abugu was said to have been arrested and whisked away from her fiance’s apartment by three SARS operatives at Wumba, Lokogoma Area of Abuja on September 1.

She was arrested in place of her fiance, Afam Abugu, who was the initial target of the police officers. She was detained, allegedly raped, and murdered by the SARS operatives.

Ms Abugu, who had just completed her national youth service, was planning her wedding, which was scheduled for December. She was killed days after her introduction.

Although the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, had ordered a discreet investigation and post-mortem on the corpse to unravel the true cause of her death, the anti-robbery squad claims that she died of cocaine overdose.

The motion

In his presentation, Mr Utazi faulted the arrest of Ms Abugu in place of her fiance, which he said is contrary to Section 7 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, which prohibits the arrest of family and friends of a suspect in order to get the suspect to surrender.

Before the gruesome murder of Ms Abugu, he said, there have been persistent complaints by the general public including news reports in print and electronic media of the attrocities of operatives of the squad including illegal arrests, detention and extra-judicial killing of Nigerians under very questionable and controversial circumstances.

He also recalled that in 2018, the federal government, in response to public outcry and media reports on the unlawful activities of SARS, set up a presidential panel on reform of SARS and the report of the panel formed the basis of the presidential directive on the overhaul of the activities of SARS to ensure that the squad is intelligence-driven, human rights sensitive and restricted to the prevention and detention of heinous crimes such as armed robbery and kidnapping and apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences.

“Despite all efforts to reform SARS, the notorious squad has remained brutal in its operation with very little or no regard to the observance of human rights and suspects, contrary to its scope of activities and the presidential directive regarding its operation and has even veered away from its core mandate.

“There is an urgent need for the Senate to investigate the incident in order to ensure that justice is given to the family of the deceased and to establish the status of SARS reform in the light of the recent public outcry over atrocities perpetrated by SARS operatives,” he said.