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How SARS officers hanged, tortured me with pressing iron for not offering them N500,000 – Witness tells Ekiti panel

A 30-year-old man, Mr Ayotomiwa Elegbeleye has appeared earlier than the Ekiti State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into allegations of police brutality the place he narrated his ordeals within the fingers of operatives of the disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).

Elegbeleye, who appeared earlier than the panel on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, stated he was arrested by eight SARS operatives in his home in Ikere-Ekiti on January 7, 2020, at about 11:55 pm and was taken to their custody the place he was repeatedly tortured.

In response to him, he was hanged with a rod in custody whereas the officers tortured him with urgent iron for 23 days over his failure to supply N500,000 requested for him to be launched.

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In the course of the sitting, the complainant, who was introduced from the Correctional Centre, confirmed members of the panel the bodily accidents he sustained from the recent urgent iron when he was of their custody.

He stated, “I used to be arrested by the SARS operatives round 11:55 pm in my home in Ikere-Ekiti with out them telling me the crime I dedicated. That evening, I used to be taken to their workplace the place I used to be tortured with urgent iron that I ought to confess to being an armed robber.

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I used to be hanged up with a rod. I gasped for breath, begging them to launch me however they stated I’ll solely be launched with cost of N500,000.

“After 23days of their custody and with critical bodily accidents , they took me to the police hospital in Oke-isa once they felt I’d die as a consequence of my worse well being situation.”

Elegbeleye, who maintained that he was by no means concerned in any felony exercise, pleaded with the panel to analyze his case with a bid of releasing him from the jail.

” I come to the panel for them to help me in getting justice from this struggling I’m passing by way of for an offence I don’t know something about and I would like pressing medicare now as a result of I’m having critical problem in respiratory because of the method I used to be overwhelmed by the SARS officers, ” he stated.

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Nevertheless, counsel to the police stated a case of alleged conspiracy, homicide and armed theft in opposition to the complainant is at the moment earlier than the State Excessive Court docket.

Counsel to the complainant, Layi Obisesan, argued that his consumer is earlier than the panel to hunt justice over the brutality he suffered within the fingers of the SARS operatives.

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