Victims of police brutality are still speaking out even as the #EndSars campaign had long since ended.
Ndubuisi Obiechina, a middle aged woman revealed that she had been detained for twenty-two days at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and had lost a two months pregnancy in the process.
This, she disclosed on saturday, 31st, 2020 at the Lagos Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution.
Obiechina said, “For one week, as a pregnant woman, I did not eat, I did not drink. I told them I wanted to go and register for antenatal. They said I should give birth to the child there.”
“I told them the doctors said I don’t need any stress that my kind of body is the body that needs to stay one place. They said, no. Let the baby die. In the process, I lost the baby.”
“It was later after the detention, I went to the hospital. They then found out that the baby was gone. We had to wash it off.”
Obiechina, who was also the first petitioner in Saturday’s hearing, tendered court judgements as exhibits to the judicial panel.
After listening to her submission, the Chairman of the Panel and retired Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Doris Okuwobi admitted as exhibits, the judgements delivered in 2017 and 2020 respectively.
“Judgement in appeal CA/L/178 of 2018 COP and others against Mr Obiechina and another dated March 20, 2020, is hereby admitted and marked as Exhibit B,” she said.
Obiechina also went further to narrate how police authorities had extorted money from herself and husband adding that they had each bailed themselves with 250,000 and 150,000 respectively.
The victim explained that the court had however awarded 2million as damages, which she is yet to receive.
The Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution is set up by the government to look into the allegations of police brutality.
This panel is made up of personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)