‘SARS Officers Removed My Teeth During Torture’ Victims Tells Lagos Judicial Panel


The victims says he was detained over a false allegation of theft levelled against him by his former employer.⁣

Mr Okoliagu Abunike, an alleged victim of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has appeared before the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry for Restitution for Victims of SARS-related abuses to seek redress.⁣
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abunike, a father of five, made the allegations during the inaugural sitting of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Tuesday in Lagos.⁣

According to Abunike, whose petition was the first to be heard by the judicial panel, the SARS operatives allegedly brutalised and stripped him of all his belongings.⁣

He told the nine-member panel headed by Justice Doris Okuwobi (rtd) that his travail began when he was detained in 2012 at SARS office located at Ikeja, Lagos, over a false allegation of theft levelled against him by his former employer.⁣

He said, “I currently earn a living running errands for people. The incident happened in 2012, I worked with a company for four and a half years, I had stated that I wanted to resign and my then boss authenticated my resignation.⁣

“After some days I was called to come to the office for some clarification and I was promptly arrested. First, by police at the Ojo Police Station and from there I was taken to SARS.⁣

“I asked what happened and I was told that my boss said something happened,” he said.⁣

Abunike told the panel that he was physically manhandled by the SARS personnel in trying to force him to confess to an offence he did not commit.⁣

“I was beaten, stripped and paraded by SARS around the Alaba International Market as a thief, my head was broken and lost a lot of blood. I sustained so many injuries and I still have the scars.⁣

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