A viral video has shown that some operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Rivers State Police Command indeed brutalised a mechanic, Lucky Joseph, in the Choba Extension, Obio Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
The state police spokesman, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, in his reaction to PUNCH Metro story on Monday, had chosen to address the allegation that the policemen had hemp on them, saying it was “an afterthought.”
The victim’s trousers were pulled down, exposing his private parts.
The assault went on until two men intervened towards the end of the one minute video.
The resident who posted the video on the Internet said the policemen collected N30,000 bribe before releasing Joseph.
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He said, “So, I was going to act like this never happened 10 minutes ago. But my inner man won’t let it slide. Some men of the SARS pulled up my street around the University of Port Harcourt and carried out their normal pocket search. After harassing the boys on my street, they picked Lucky (Joseph), who is well known by all. I guess they didn’t find anything on him but a phone. Guess what they asked for, the receipt. Who carries that around? He laughed and the reply to his laughter was a slap.
“They started beating him up and… stripped him naked. I felt so bad for him that my legs started shaking when one asked them to shoot his leg before some elderly men pleaded with them. After all these, they extorted N30,000 and they left him. If his crime was that enormous, why not take him to the station? Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. These men need to be checked. Please let’s stop this from happening tomorrow. It’s not you today; it may be your brother, son or father tomorrow.”
The victim, however, said the torture had nothing to do with a phone receipt, adding that the policemen beat him up after he refused to enter their operational vehicle.