Government, Police Deny SARS Killing Young Man in Ughelli

The reports circulating on the social media that Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) killed a young man in Ughelli, Delta State has been faulted by Delta State Government and the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, the young man only got injured after jumping down from a police vehicle conveying him to the police station, following his arrest.

Mr. Aniagwu who addressed newsmen recently at Asaba, Delta State capital faulted the claim, describing it as malicious.

Also, PPRO for the police in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, said trending social media videos and posts alleging that SARS shot dead a young man and made away with his vehicle was not true.

Onovwakpoyeya described the reports as malicious, erroneous, and misleading.

“At about 4:00 pm on October 3, the Safe Delta Squad in Ughelli, while on patrol along Warri-Ughelli road by Wetland Hotel, Ughelli, observed a white Lexus Jeep without registration number that suddenly parked by the roadside. On sighting the patrol team, the driver immediately zoomed off at a high speed in a suspicious manner,” Onovwakpoyeya said.

The statement reads “Consequently, the team gave him a hot chase and intercepted the vehicle and arrested the two occupants.

“On their way to the station, one of the suspects jumped out of the moving vehicle and sustained head injuries. While trying to rescue him, an angry mob attacked the policemen, which made the team to leave the scene with the other suspect in their patrol vehicle to their office to avoid a violent confrontation with the mob.”

She added that other police patrol teams mobilised to the scene but were informed that the victim had been rushed to a private hospital in Ughelli where they saw him alive.

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