#EndSARS: Sad Tale Of Hameed The Ogun Civil Servant
Hammed, a civil servant with the Ogun state government is a teacher.
He has cried out for justice after being shot in his left foot by an operative of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) attached to the Ogun state police command.
Hammed said the policeman was among a team of SARS operatives attacked by some residents in the Ibara, Abeokuta.
The incident occurred last week when pandemonium caused by a fight between SARS operatives and a young man believe to be a naval officer, occurred around Ibara where the SARS operative thought the young man was a ‘yahoo boy’.
According to Hammed, during an argument between the SARS operatives and the naval officer which lasted for an hour, one of the SARS officer brutalised a man at the scene for videoing the scene.
Hammed 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.
He 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, adding that the police authorities had refused to investigate the incident or arrest the policeman.
“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.”
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.
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 defenseless citizens. The conduct and operations of the SARS men have sent many Nigerians to their early graves,” he said.
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