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LAGOS JUDICIAL PANEL OF INQUIRY CARRY ON DAY FOUR OF SITTING

The Lagos State Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up by the state government to look into the allegations of brutality and extra judicious killing by personnel of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), has commenced its meeting for the fourth day.

The proceedings commenced with a testimony from Mr. Ndukwe Ekekwe at 11:00 AM.

He mentioned that on February 16, 2018, he was picked up by SARS officials without any valid reason, beaten up and then transferred to their office in Ikeja.

Ekekwe also said that asides the fact that he was tortured, he was stabbed at different parts of his body by the officers. He said he was later taken to his shop at Alaba, where they broke in and started selling off his products.

When he decided to alert passersby to his plight, he said the officers took him up a two-story building and threw him down – this ordeal caused severe damage to his spine.

And as result of the incident, Ekekwe is now confined to a wheelchair for life.

He told the panel that he would like to be compensated, as he also lost goods worth N15million.

Last week, another petitioner, Okoli Aguwu, shared the details of what he experienced at the hands of SARS officers.

He stated that he was unlawfully detained for one and a half month, while being tortured and it was at that point he lost two teeth.

The panel is expected to bring justice to the victims of police brutality.