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SARS operatives detained us for 8 days over land dispute - Ogun residents

SARS operatives detained us for 8 days over land dispute - Ogun residents

- Three residents of Makun Sagamu, Ogun state, have accused operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abuja, of arresting them unlawfully

- The residents alleged that the operatives arrested and detained them for eight days

- They said that they later discovered that their arrest was instigated by some land grabbers

Operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abuja, have been accused of unlawfully arresting one Abdulrahman Abdulkabir and two other residents of Makun Sagamu, Ogun state.

Chief Idowu Sanya and Dauda Owolabi were said to have been arrested and detained alongside Abdulkabir for eight days, Punch reports. notes that Sanya alleged that the operatives chained him to their operational vehicle from Sagamu to Abuja, adding that the policemen released them after spending eight days in custody, telling them to go home and make peace over an expanse of land in the community.

He said: “On Monday, March 24, 2018, I visited the palace of the Ewusi of Makun. Shortly after I left the palace around 10pm, some SARS operatives intercepted me. They ordered me into their vehicle. They also arrested two other residents (Abdulkabir and Owolabi).

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“None of us knew why we were arrested until they finally took us to Abuja. It was more like abduction, as they never produced any warrant of arrest. They first drove us to the SARS office in Magbon, Abeokuta, and put us in a cell for three days. On Thursday morning, they took us to Abuja.

“My right arm was chained to the body of the vehicle with handcuffs all through the journey from Sagamu to Abeokuta and from Abeokuta to Abuja. We later discovered that our arrest was instigated by some land grabbers. The policemen told us to go home and make peace with them.”

Recounting his ordeal, Abdulkabir said: “They didn’t even allow me to put on my clothes before taking me away. I was in a pair of boxer shorts. Throughout the three days we spent in the Magbon cell, I slept on the floor, wearing nothing but the boxer shorts. The most painful part of the story was that the policemen discovered that my name was not listed in an alleged petition that led to our arrest when we got to Abuja."

The third victim, Owolabi, said that the operatives did not give them food throughout the three days they spent in Magbon.

ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police public relations officer in Ogun state, said that the SARS operatives were not from the state command.

He said: “The SARS operatives are not from our command. Maybe somebody wrote a petition against them in Abuja and policemen came from there to arrest them. But it is not possible for the police to arrest and detain somebody for days without telling the person the nature of offence committed. They should not be economical with the truth. The police will even show you the petition written against you, which I believe those policemen did.”

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Meanwhile, previously reported that 32 officers of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) were arrested and under investigations for various cases of misconduct. The officials were locked up in various cells in Abuja and were allowed to see their families or lawyers.

A source claimed that the order for the officers to be arrested and transferred to Abuja came from the inspector general of police, Idris Ibrahim.

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