The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and related abuses, and Lekki Tollgate incident, has awarded N7.5 million to a victim of police brutality, Mr. Mark Nwadu.
The petitioner, Mark Nwadu, told the panel that in May 1999, after he had finished his secondary school education, he came to Lagos to look for his brother.
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He said that he was standing at the Egbeda Bus Stop along with others waiting for a bus when the police vehicle suddenly arrived and started arresting people.
According to him, they were taken to Idimu Police Station and asked to pay a N100, 000 bribe but because he had no money, he was taken to SARS where the bribe was reduced to N10, 000.
Because he had no money, he was paired with someone else and taken to court, arraigned and sent to Kirikiri maximum prison where he spent 6 years.
The petitioner said that he had become partially blind as a result of the suffering, adding that he had developed hatred for the police after his ordeal.