The activities of men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) have been met with criticism from a large number of Nigerians.
Many have taken to their social media pages to recount their experiences in the hands of these men.
A Nigerian man identified as Francis Tochi recounted the experience he had in the hands of SARS officers. He said he was arrested for no reason and at the end of the day, he had to pay N200,000 to regain his freedom.
“Today I had an encounter with #SARS i was just going about my business so I was headed to the bank when one of them stopped me by 7:30AM today and asked me my name I told him and he asked of my ID I showed him when he was done, he asked me to come with him to their Van his boss wants to see me.
I didn’t argue I gently went and when I got there, their boss asked for my phone and password which I gave to them when they where done, he asked of my wallet and I gave him then he brought out a bank Transfer teller i made to a foreign account in the for my MBA program from my Wallet.
Next thing they asked me to get into the car, pushed me in hand cuffed me and took me to a canal on Lagos mainland, and shot a young innocent guy in front of me because he refused to give them 50k after they accused him of taking codeine in a PEPSI plastic bottle.
After they shot him, it was confirmed that it was actually PEPSI the guy was drinking then they said same will be my faith if I don’t oblige and asked me to pay 400k for my life, I was concerned about the young man they shot and threw into the van I was only allowed to make 2 phone calls and that’s it.
I was not with my ATM then one of them turned and said he has a son who has the same name as mine, and he went to their boss after talking to him they removed the handcuffs from my wrist in the end they collected 200k from me before they let me go.
NIGERIA I weep. It’s heartbreaking that citizens of this great nation live in fear everyday, not fear of been messed up by armed robbers, but fear of been killed or extorted from by the same people assigned to protect us.”
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