13 December 2012

Nigeria: Corp Member Loses Eye to Police Brutality

A National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) member serving in Ekiti State, Anthony Ebuka Onuagbara has lost one of his eyes to police brutality, following an injury he sustained when he was allegedly beaten by some police in Ado Ekiti recently

Anthony 26, who hails from Ezeama-Amichi , Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, lost his right eye to police brutality,after he was beaten by the police for an offence he did not commit in August this year

The Corp member who is currently serving at the Bursar's office in Ekiti State University has appealed to Ekiti State police command to investigate the matter with a view of identifying the cop that caused damage on his eye.

Narrating the circumstances that led to his ordeal, Anthony recounted that sometimes in August that a commercial sex worker had reported that one of his neighbour had abused her sexually.

The complaint, according to him, led a team of policemen from the Special Anti-robbery Squad to his house at Bode Ayeni area of Adebayo who beat the occupant?

According to the Corpmember, his colleague, Michael had picked the lady at about 6pm on August 12, 2012 at Fajuyi Area of Ado Ekiti to spend the night with him with the agreement to pay her N3,000 the second day

He further recounted that disagreement ensued immediately Michael took the lady home at about 8pm on that day because Michael confessed that he could only offer the lady N2,000 .He said Michael's action infuriated the lady and this forced her to the SARS Operatives and reported the case to them by lying that he was abused sexually, even when no sex took place between them.

The 'youth corper' further explained that shortly after the lady left, some SARS operatives bombarded the premises at about 11pm, broke their doors and unleashed beatings on the occupants.

Presently, Anthony is fast losing his sight , having undergone Eye surgery at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, the bill he personally sponsored without any help from the police authority.

When contacted, the police image maker in the state, Mr Victor Babayemi told newsmen that the affected youth corper had actually wrote a petition to the state police commissioner over the incident.

The PPRO said the matter was under investigation, assuring that the police would swung into action as soon as the investigation is completed.

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