Says he almost lost his life
With the ban of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police Force, an Ahiazu Mbaise born humanitarian and politician, Chief Nduka V. A. Anyanwu, has heaved a sigh of relief on what he described as inhuman treatment meted on him prior to the governorship election of 2019 by members of the disbanded SARS unit in connivance with his own brother.
Nduka, who spoke during the #EndSARS protest in Owerri, stated that the ban is for the good of the citizenry of the country, who have suffered abuses, molestations, illegal torturing and even death in the hands of the defunct police unit. He stressed that the SARS personnel went beyond the ambits of the laws, to intimidate and humiliate the people they were meant to protect.
Anyanwu N’etiri Oha, recalled his experience with the erstwhile police unit, which he said took place at his country home in Okirikama, Umuokirika Ekwerazu in Ahiazu Mbaise LGA of Imo State. Nduka said that his brother, who belonged to a different political party, had used the defunct police unit to brutalize and almost killed him, since he was of the opposition party.
According to Nduka, the whole trouble started when his brother perceived him as an enemy, since he belonged to another political party. He hinted that some members of the SARS operatives invaded his house without warrants, as they were being commanded by his brother. The SARS personnel who were dressed in mofti ransacked every nook and cranny of his house, beat him up and left him half-dead.
“It was a very horrible experience for me”, Nduka stated.
“Those guys nearly killed me. There was no arrest or search warrant. They were just hired to deal with me, if not kill me”, Nduka alleged.
“I just pray that the whole madness will end with the scrapping of SARS. I wish there will be prosecution of some of those errant policemen”, he concluded.
Recall that the #EndSARS campaign has rocked the nation in the past few weeks, with members of the public calling also for total reformation of the entire police force.
With the protests in most states of the country, the IGP last week ordered the resolution of SARS. The defunct SARS is to be replaced by the Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT).