- There was serious protest by youths in Rivers state following the alleged attack by some SARS men on Marshal Obuzor, an aide to Governor Nyesom Wike
- The youths, under the umbrella of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), claimed that some operatives of the security agency had threatened to kill Obuzor before the attack
- Speaking on the development, Obuzor said that such brutality indicates the extent of decadence in the police force
The alleged threat by some officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to kill Marshal Obuzor, the senior special assistant to the governor of River on social media have been protested by youths from the state on Thursday, July 26.
The the provoke youths alleged that Obuzor was accosted on Monday, July 23, by SARS personnel at Mandela car wash in GRA, Tombia extension in Port Harcourt, beat him up and inflicted serious injuries on him, claiming that one of Obuzor's ears was badly ruptured, Punch reports.
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Speaking on the development during the protest, Obuzor said that many natives in the state have suffered brutality from the hands of SARS operatives.
He described the attack on him as unprovoked, claiming that this was an indication of decadence in the police command
Obuzor said: “In public view, they (SARS operatives) used machetes and rods to beat me and seized my phones.
"They repeatedly threatened to kill me. Even the government official, who intervened, was threatened with death. I was surprised that SARs has got to this stage where they don’t care that people are watching.”
He said that a petition tagged “Enough is enough” demanding an end to SARS brutality across the state has been forwarded to the state commissioner of police.
Moveover the leadership of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Rivers state chapter, condemned the alleged SARS’ unlawful activities throughout the state.
Adokiye Ogunobere, the state publicity secretary of NYCN urged the Rivers police command to put an end to the display of brutality by SARS operatives.
Ogunobere, speaking on behalf of the state president of the group, Sokubo Sara-Igbe, stated that the youths would no longer tolerate any act of criminality or brutality from SARS.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Vaughn Itemuagbor, a resident of Rivers, had alleged that he was tortured twice in 2018 by the operatives of the SARS in the state.
He stated that the officers told him that as a young man driving a car in Port Harcourt, he must be guilty of some crimes, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Itemuagbor said: “That Sunday experience was the second this year. I was first arrested in March when I was driving to the office. I was flagged down by policemen and asked what I do for a living and I told them that I am an IT consultant. They said I was an internet fraudster and they took me to their office."
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