Anambra state Police Command said it has commenced investigation to the alleged torturing of a Corp Member by suspected members of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Ogbaru Local Government Area of the State.
The spokesperson Haruna Mohammed, said the Commissioner of Police, John Abang, had invited the corp member through her State Coordinator and ordered for discreet investigation on the allegation.
The victim, simply identified as Akinlabi who reportedly suffered Police brutality and police statement falsification, said her ordeal started on September 17 after men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad broke into her compound while fast asleep.
She said they pointed a flashlight to her face while claiming to be looking for “yahoo boys”.
She said, “By 2:00am of that day, a team of people broke into our compound claiming to be SARS and searching for yahoo guys broke my window net, pointed their torchlight at my face while asleep and commanded me to open the entrance door for them.
“I was scared to do as commanded because I couldn’t identify who they were, rather, I shouted and ran into the passage for help.
“On getting to the passage, I saw another set of people at the window threatening to deal with me if I did not open the door. As I continued to shout for help, one of my neighbours opened her door for me and I entered her room and was shocked as they still came to the window of the woman insisting that we must open the door or they would break the door.
“Some of them later broke into an empty room by cutting off the burglary and entered the passage. The others broke the burglary of the room we were, opened the door for others to have access to the room. They started assaulting me by slapping and hitting me with cutlasses and sticks.
“At this point, I was practically naked and had to plead with them to allow me to put on my clothes which they eventually allowed but violated my privacy as I was forced to dress up in their presence. The beating continued after that and I got handcuffed like a common criminal for an offence I knew nothing about. They threatened to lock me up for 48 hours for refusing to open the door for them.
“I and another guy in the lodge were taken to their van and they asked us to stand in the rain for hours. They insisted on us giving them money for fuel before we could be released. We were released when they realised we were not ready to give any money.”
Akinlabi alleged her report was falsified and never shown to her, despite reporting the incident to NYSC officials in the state.
“The following morning, I called my LGI first and my PPA principal and they both asked me to go to the police station to make a report. On getting there, one officer initially refused to take my complaint until she was informed that the DPO was aware of the incident.
“In spite of this, she insisted on writing my statement by herself and in her own way. Please note that I never wrote or signed any statement at the police station as the officer refused to allow me to do so,” she said.
Akinlabi further disclosed that she called on the Inspector-General of Police, rights groups and the international community to investigate the brutal invasion of her residence and assault against her and bring the concerned officers to book.
“I also asked the IGP to ensure i was duly compensated for damages done to me physically and on my property in the process of the crime committed against me while serving me country.”