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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SARS Operative Shatters Ogun Teacher’s Leg With Bullet

Samson Folarin

A civil servant in Ogun State , Ola Hammed, has cried out for justice after his left foot was shattered by a bullet allegedly fired by an operative of the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad attached to the state police command .

Hammed said the policeman was among a team of SARS operatives attacked by some residents in the Ibara , Abeokuta area of the state , after a man was brutalised for videoing a brawl involving the cops .

He alleged that the angry policemen opened fire on people , adding that commuters and traders alike fled the area to avoid being hit by stray bullets .
The victim said one of the policemen accosted him and accused him of being among the mob .

The Physics teacher said he had denied the allegation when the cop suddenly fired at his leg .
Hammed, who posted his ordeal on his social media page including pictures of his shot leg , said the police authorities had refused to investigate the incident or arrest the policeman .

He said , “My ordeal in the hands of the Federal SARS men happened on June 12 , 2018. A fight erupted from an argument between a man and a FSARS team stationed under the Ibara Bridge , Abeokuta .

“The incident , which lasted for hours , drew the attention of many passersby and okada riders . At a point , one of the SARS officers spotted a guy among the crowd taking a video coverage of the incident . He approached the guy and started beating him up.

“The disgruntled crowd got angry and started throwing stones at the SARS operatives . The next thing we heard was that they ( FSARS ) opened fire , shooting continuously . They aimed at people with the intention to kill .

“Though some people were miles away from the scene of the incident , we all took to our heels, running for our lives because of stray bullets .

“ One of them ( cops ) accosted me . I told him that I did not have anything to do with the stoning. I was saying that and moving away from him . He said , ‘I will spoil your leg ,’ and the next I heard was a gunshot .”
He said he discovered that he had been hit by a bullet in the left foot , adding that he was rushed to a private hospital, from where he was referred to a general hospital in the area .

Hammed said he was not attended to on time because the health workers requested a police report to commence treatment .
The victim said since the incident , he had been in pain as he could not sleep at night .

“I can barely leap on the other leg . I cannot sleep at night due to the pains I go through, while the person that perpetrated this inhuman act is out there in the comfort of his home ,” he added .

The government worker said the SARS operatives misused their weapons and deserved to be sanctioned .
He recalled that a few days after he was shot , the policemen allegedly invaded another Ogun community to disrupt a programme which led to the death of one Awilo .

“I want the Ogun State Government to act fast on the issue before the operatives wreaked more havoc on innocent and defenceless citizens . The conduct and operations of the SARS men have sent many Nigerians to their early graves ,” he said .
Hammed had yet to respond to a message from our correspondent sent to his Facebook page as of the time of filing this report .

The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi , could not be reached for comment as his line was switched off.

He had yet to respond to a text message sent to his line as of press time .
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