How SARS Males Detained And Made Me Miss Examination


Mayokun Olayiwola

On this interview with The PUNCH, a final-year pupil of the Obafemi Awolowo College talks concerning the expertise he had with SARS males.


Mayokun Olayiwola, a final-year pupil of Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile Ife, Osun State, tells BOLA BAMIGBOLA about his expertise with officers of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad

Can you inform us about your encounter with SARS?

I am Olayiwola Mayokun, a pupil of Philosophy at Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile Ife. I’m already in my final-year and I ought to have left college, however for the closure occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the strike by the Educational Employees Union of Universities. I’ve had many encounters with the state and federal SARS up to now. The final one I had occurred in Ife just a few years in the past. It was very pathetic. They arrested me for no justifiable cause and stored me in a cell in a single day. They made me miss my examination.

How did it occur?

I was going to highschool that afternoon to jot down an examination. I used to be strolling alongside Aserifa street in the direction of the campus gate after they accosted me. They have been about 4 on the checkpoint they usually requested for my telephone. I informed them the telephone was not with me as a result of I used to be going to highschool to write an examination. We don’t go into the examination corridor with any devices. After listening to my explanations, they mentioned I appeared like a dangerous boy. That sounded very humorous initially, as a result of I assumed one in all them that mentioned that was merely joking with me. I used to be even laughing.

The chief of the group gave me a scorching slap and ordered me to enter their van. They mentioned I ought to take them to my home however I refused. Doing that wouldn’t enable me to fulfill up with my 4pm examination. I used to be scared as a result of lacking the examination may result in an additional 12 months for me. They ultimately drove me to Moore police station in Ile Ife. I used to be detained within the cell until the next morning. I couldn’t write the examination that day. It was a computer-based check. I’ve names of those who arrested me and I can nonetheless recognise them.

What occurred throughout your detention?

 I was compelled to jot down a press release claiming that I used to be in possession of Indian hemp. I used to be allowed to name my mother and father and couldn’t consider it after they talked my mother and father into shopping for their story that I used to be in possession of weed. That actually saddened me. My mother and father have been made to pay N30,000 for my bail. The man that compelled me to jot down a press release was not even there on the level of my arrest.

Who have been those who arrested you on that individual day?

They have been SARS males, although they weren’t carrying any uniform they usually didn’t include a police van. Through the interval, SARS males often transfer in a wine Toyota Corolla automotive and a black van. Each pupil in Ife is aware of these automobiles. Should you come throughout them, you should flee as a result of they symbolise hazard.

What did you do after you have been launched?

I met the lady in control of the examination and I narrated my ordeal to her. I used to be later allowed to jot down the examination. This isn’t all about me. A lot of my associates, members of the family, kin and different individuals at totally different occasions had encounters with SARS males that led to unhappy experiences.

How did you deal with the trauma after you regained freedom?

The trauma was initially a lot. It was very critical. However I needed to transfer on after the entire saga.


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