SARS Tortured Me For 47 Days, Extracted My Tooth
A Nigerian man has shared a most surprising confession how SARS safety operatives tortured him for 47 days, extracted his enamel and later offered his properties.
The person recognized as Mr Okoliagu Abunike made the confession on Tuesday.
He made the revelation earlier than the Panel of Inquiry and Restitution arrange by the Lagos State Authorities to look into instances of human rights abuse by males of the recently-disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).
A father of 5 narrated to the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel how he was in 2012 arrested by policemen from Ojo Police Station on the occasion of his boss, who accused him of embezzling the corporate’s funds.
In response to him, the cops on the Ojo Police Station, after beating and humiliating him by tearing his garments and parading him round Alaba Market, handed him over to SARS males, who detained him at Ikeja for 47 days.
He mentioned males of SARS, together with one Inspector Sunday, alias Baba Ijapa; and one ASP Haruna, tortured him a lot in order that two of his enamel had been extracted.
Abunike mentioned, “My household didn’t know the place I used to be. Once they finally knew and my mom and spouse got here to the SARS workplace in Ikeja, they beat up my mom and spouse in my presence.
“Whereas I used to be in detention, they took over my home, they offered all my properties, together with my Acura jeep, 17KVA generator, my inverter, my three blackberry telephones, and my land.”
He mentioned after spending 47 days in SARS cell, he was hurriedly charged earlier than a magistrates’ courtroom after a lawyer employed by his household wrote a petition.
Abunike mentioned on getting out of detention he filed a elementary rights go well with and Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lagos in 2016 awarded N10m damages in his favour towards the police and his former boss.
Abunike, nevertheless, mentioned 4 years after the judgment, all efforts to implement it and declare the cash had proved abortive.
Requested whether or not the Justice of the Peace courtroom discovered him responsible of any crime, Abunike answered within the adverse.
The panel admitted a duplicate of Justice Buba’s N10m judgment as an exhibit and mentioned its choice can be made know in seven days.
The second case was that of 1 Ndukwe Ekekwere, who was delivered to the listening to in a wheelchair by his mom.
Although his case couldn’t be heard by the panel on the grounds that the SARS operative, who’s the accused within the case was absent, Ekekwere instructed our correspondent that he grew to become paralyzed and was confined to a wheelchair after he was pushed off a two-storey constructing in 2008 by males of SARS.
Whereas adjourning the case until November 2, 2020, Justice Okuwobi mentioned though she famous the problem in bringing the person within the wheelchair to the listening to venue, it was obligatory for the panel to provide the accused SARS operative a possibility for a good listening to.