The Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, of the Lagos Police Command, has been accused of illegally detaining a cobbler, Shakoor Zaid for two years.

It was gathered that the 33-year-old was arrested on April 17, 2015, in his residence on Afolabi Alasia Street, Ijora Badia, by SARS operatives who raided the area in search of hoodlums.

He was accused by the Police of participating in activities that disrupted law and order.

Since his arrest, he has not be charged to court.

His mother, Jumoke Zaid said policemen had always prevented her from seeing her son.

She alleged that the operatives collected N2,000 from her each time he visited the SARS office in anticipation of speaking with Shakoor.

She claims that her son is innocent of any offence for which he was arrested.

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Despite various failed efforts to secure her son’s release, Jumoke finally got the Office of the Public Defenders to fight her battle.

The OPD, in a suit filed before the Lagos State High Court on behalf of Shakoor sought an order compelling the Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, to “unconditionally” admit him to bail.

In OPD’s application, dated September 11, 2017, the agency affirmed that the police “have no power to detain the applicant (Shakoor) without filing formal charges for more than two years.”

The suit was served on the respondents – the CP and the OC SARS – through the Officer-in-Charge of Legal, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba.

The police are yet to respond to the allegation and the suit challenging the continued detention of the suspect.

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