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EndSars Inquiry: Victims recount horrible experiences in Lagos


I’m lucky to be alive but still can’t sleep without sleeping pills – Victim

Emmanuel Ajomafule appeared before the Lagos State judiciary panel of inquiry on Saturday to testify on how SARS operatives stopped him and his late girlfriend on April 13, 2019 in his car.

According to the victim, When he asked why they were stopped, he said an officer whose name is Dan Ojo shot them, and that Adaugo died in hospital from the gunshots injuries in her stomach and leg, while the officers fled the scene.

According to him, no compensation has come from the police even after the Commissioner of Police promised to pay his hospital bills.

He also said that some of the officers who were arrested, were later released and that there has been no word on Inspector Ojo, who shot him and his girlfriend.

Mr Emmanuel told the panel that he hasn’t been the same since the incident, and is still traumatic from the incident.

The police counsel, in his reaction, said they only just got to know about the case and sought for an adjournment in order to track the accused officers.

Another victim, the widow of Rotimi Adeyemo Oke, who was an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) says it is exactly two years from now that a SARS official shot him dead.

Silifat Adeyemo also testified before the Lagos State judicial panel of inquiry into alleged abuses of operatives of the disbanded police unit.

She said she was with her husband up to the point when they got to his office at LASTMA zone 16, in Iyana Ipaja and then left. She was led in her testimony by counsel of the Nigerian Bar Association, MAA Sanni.

Mrs Adeyemo said it was when she was expecting her husband to return home that she was told that he had been shot.

She added that one CSP Gana from SARS paid her a visit, but nothing else happened, and that the name of the officer that shot her husband is Olonode Olukayode.

She tearfully described the agony she is still passing through, as her late husband who is the breadwinner of the family, also left behind three children, including a set of twins and aged parents.

In her Cross examination by the police counsel, she confirmed that the Lagos State government gave them ten million naira as compensation which has now been exhausted. She is now demanding adequate compensation from the Nigerian Police to the family.

Chairman of the panel, Retired Justice Doris Okuwobi adjourned proceedings to December 11.

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