On Tuesday, Obinna Onuka who is a 29-year-old victim of men of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, narrated his ordeal to the Abia state panel. The victim described how the men of SARS shot him after which they demanded the sum of N200,000 for his release.
Onuka, said that the incident took place around 1.39 am on September 14, 2020. He described how he was fast asleep with his son, his wife, and his mother when he heard a noise at his Amuke Ohafia residence.
The noise, according to his tale, became louder when some unknown people jumped the fence and broke into the residence of his landlord who resides in Lagos.
Obinna said on waking up to investigate the source of the noise, he found out that the people were actually men of the Special Anti-robbery Squad while also adding that they shot his arm.
Obinna, who is a commercial motorcycle rider, added that they came to his apartment where the rest of his family were and asked his mother to get up.
“When my mother, who is suffering from stroke, told them that she was having a problem with her legs, one of them pushed her from the bed and she fell down. One of the police, a female, took my mother’s phone and the N10,000 somebody gave to her.”
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“They then dragged me to my room where they collected my phone that costs N23,000, as well as N21,000 that I kept in the house.”
Obinna mentioned that, his maternal uncle, Agwu Okwara, came to the State Criminal Investigation Department in a bid to bail him, and it was at this point the SARS boss allegedly demanded N200,000.
He added that after the payment, the SARS boss gave them police medical authority for treatment, adding that his motorcycle was sold to raise part of the fund for his treatment.
The Panel chairman, Hon. Justice Sunday Imo (rtd.), adjourned the matter till December 8.