Tuesday, December 1, 2020

SARS’ victim narrates how he was tortured for 47 days to Lagos panel

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The Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS-related Abuses in Lagos got underway on Tuesday with one of the petitioners recounting his Police brutality ordeal.

Okolieagu Obunike, a father of five, told the panel that in 2012, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives detained and tortured him for 47 days at their Ikeja office, without trial.

Obunike alleged that the operatives also carted away all his belongings at home, sold his car, a Volkswagen bus, land, bags of cement and Inverter.

He testified as the first petitioner since Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu set up the nine-member panel on October 15, following weeks of #EndSARS protests across the country.

SARS was dissolved by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu following protests over the atrocious conducts of the unit.