- Woman Laments To Lagos Judicial Panel How She Lost Pregnancy Being In SARS Custody For 22days
- How I Spent 22 Days In SARS Custody, Lost Two Month’s Pregnancy – Victim Tells Lagos Judicial Panel.
An average aged woman identified as Ndubuisi Obiechina has said she lost her two-month pregnancy while being abducted for twenty-two days(22days) at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ikeja, Lagos State.
Mrs. Ndubuisi made this revelation during the continuation of the hearing of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution set up by the Lagos State government on Saturday to analyze the allegations of brutality and highhandedness by personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Mrs. Ndubuisi 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, happened to be the first petitioner in today’s hearing, tendered court judgements as exhibits to the judicial panel.
She further stressed to the panel that a few months after she and her husband were released, husband, Obiechina was arrested again by SARS operatives and taken into custody.
The victim revealed that she was pregnant but lost yet another unborn baby, as a result of the stress and trauma she went through in the process.
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.
She was asked if she’s still having any other fact to be used as an exhibit, the petitioner’s wife, Ndubuisi, disclosed how police men extorted she and her husband.
“We also bailed ourselves. When they released us, we bailed ourselves with N250,000 and N150,000 respectively,” she added.
While noting that the SARS operatives also arrested her husband who came to check up on her, the victim said they were put in different cells.
The SARS operatives unlawfully took N50,000 in their possession and alleged that they both paid N150,000 and N250,000 cash for their bail.
The victim explained that although the court awarded her N2 million as damages against the police authorities, she is yet to receive the sum.
Obiechina’s remarks come three days after another victim, Okoli Aguwu, accused SARS operatives of extracting his teeth while spending 47 days in custody.
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