Timothy Ogbeye, a automotive vendor, has informed the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) that SARS operatives tortured him in Anambra State for refusing to pay the sum of N5 million.
The NHRC independently investigates alleged human rights violations by operatives of the defunct Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) and different police items.
Ogbeye disclosed this on Wednesday whereas giving proof earlier than the panel in his petition marked 2020/IIP-SARS/ABJ/120.
He alleged illegal arrest and detention, a menace to life, assault, torture, inhuman and degrading therapy.
The respondents are Inspectors Oriyomi Aregbelo, Uche Onnonogbo, Andrew James and Patrick Agbazue, all the defunct SARS, Awkuzu, Anambra, as effectively the officer in cost, defunct SARS, Commissioner of Police, Anambra and the Inspector-Normal of Police.
“I used to be arrested in Abuja with my two brothers and brought to Anambra, the place I used to be overwhelmed and tortured by SARS operatives.
“On the third day, I used to be introduced out, and Agbazue informed me that if I would like peace, I ought to pay N5 million.
”I informed him that I didn’t have such cash. He then ordered that I be taken again into the cell.
“Insp James ordered the commander of Cell 4, the place I used to be put to torture me till I used to be able to cooperate.
“My eye see pepper in that place.
“Whereas being locked up, my dad and mom visited the SARS workplace in Anambra however weren’t allowed to see me,” Ogbeye alleged.
Ogbeye stated that whereas in detention, he filed a go well with in opposition to the police, and a Excessive Courtroom ordered that the police produce him.
“The police refused to conform. The identical courtroom ordered that I must be launched, however the police refused to take action.
“Throughout a go to to the SARS facility by a decide, the police lied to him that I used to be in detention for purchasing a stolen car,” Ogbeye stated.
The petitioner, due to this fact, urged the panel to make use of its energy to order the police to pay him N10 million as compensation for the injustice and torture.
He additionally accused the police of stealing 5 vehicles, together with a Toyota Venza, from his automotive stand.
After listening to the complaints, Rtd Justice Suleiman Galadima, the panel chairman, adjourned the listening to till Might 3 for cross-examination, NAN reviews.
I used to be tortured for not paying SARS officers N5m – Petitioner tells NHRC panel