At SARS probe, it gets gorier: They used iron to press my body to get N500,000 bribe - victim

By Editor on 20/11/2020

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It was yet another gory tale of extreme brutality and torture as another victim, came up on Thursday of how the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), used hot pressing iron on his body, in attempt to get him part with N500,000 bribe.

Ayotomiwa Elegbeleye, who delivered this account to the Ekiti State Judicial Panel of Enquiry into allegations of police brutality, narrated how the operatives who did not tell him of his offence even till date began the torture, by first hanging him on an iron rod in their torture chamber within their camp.

He told the panel of how eight of the SARS operatives whisked him away from his home at Ikere-Ekiti on January 7, 2020, around 11:55 p.m and took him to their custody where he was repeatedly tortured for an offence he did not commit.

Showing the members the marks the hot iron made to his body, the 30-year-old, who was brought from the Ado-Ekiti correctional facility, pleaded for his release, saying that he had never gotten himself involved with crime all his life

He said: “I was arrested by the SARS operatives around 11:55 p.m in my house in Ikere-Ekiti without them telling me the crime I committed. That night, I was taken to their office. They beat and tortured me with pressing iron, that I should confess to being an armed robber.

“I was hanged up with a rod. I gasped for breath, begging them to release me, but they said I would only be released after the payment of N500,000.

“After 23 days in their custody and with serious bodily injuries, they took me to the police hospital in Oke-Isa, when they felt I might die due to my worsening health condition.

“I come to the panel for them to assist me in getting justice from this suffering I am passing through for an offence I don’t know anything about. I need urgent medicare now because I am having serious difficulty in breathing due to the way I was beaten by the SARS officers.”

Counsel to the police said a case of alleged conspiracy, murder and armed robbery against the complainant was before the State High Court.

But Elegbeleye’s lawyer, Layi Obisesan, argued that his client was before the panel to seek justice over the brutality he suffered in the hands of the SARS operatives.

Chairman of the panel, Justice Cornelius Akintayo (retd.), adjourned the sitting till December 3.

He urged the parties to present their witnesses on the adjournment date.




Posted on November, 20 2020

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