A Nigerian blogger has narrated his terrible ordeal with members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The young man identified as Anthony Abraham noted that the officials had stopped him on his way to Berger from Alagbole in Lagos state.
The blogger explained that the SARS officers had stopped his bike and told him to move into their van. He stated that the officers started to beat him after he asked them why they want him to enter the van.
Abraham said the officers treated him as if he was a criminal before they even bothered to ask him what he does for a living. He further explained that he had told them he is a blogger and an actor.
According to the blogger, the officials continued to beat him after he entered the van and they took the only money he had in his pocket living him with just the one thousand naira he set aside for transport.
The young man further stated that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad should be removed from the security management of Nigeria.
He said: "I don't know what i did to deserve the kind of beating i received f SARS officials yesterday
I was on a bike going to Alagbole from Berger when they stopped me and asked me to come down from the bike which i did. Immediately, they told me to enter their van and i asked them why and that was it, rain of slaps landed on my face. They bundled me and threw me inside the siena van. Inside the van, they started beating me, i tried to block the slaps but one of them held my hand so that my face will be open to receive the slaps. They beat me as if i was a criminal before asking me what i do for a living. I told them that i am a blogger and also an actor/entertainer.
The beating continued again. Seriously, i was scared for my life, i began to doubt if they were truely SARS officials or they are kidnappers or ritualists. A lot of thoughts were running through my mind. By now we were approaching Ojodu going towards ogba. After all the beating, one of them then searched my phone and saw truely that i was a blogger, he saw my blog and also saw my skit videos this was after beating me o. He searched my pocket and saw some money. One of them said i should come down but the other one said i should bring the money on me, i refused and he then slapped me again and again and then again. I told them i wanted to use the money and he said he saw another one thousand naira in my pocket while searching me. I told him that was my T-fare. He said that he will take me to the station that why am i wearing a ripped jeans. Still, I refused to give him the money before they pushed me out of the vehicle after one of them said that i am a blogger that they should let me go before i start another #ENDSARS campaign. They also forced me to apologise to them for making them think i was a yahoo boy which i did. I still cant believe that this happened to me in my own country.
We are no longer safe in this country. Those who are supposed to protect us are actually killing us.
We need to #ENDSARS with immediate effect because we really cant see the effect of SARS in our society. SARS has done more harm than good."
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In the past, there have been several complains about the security agency. Many Nigerians have claimed that they have been in similar situations like Abraham recounted.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Atiku Abubakar had called for an investigation after Nigerians started a campaign to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
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