Police tortured me, collected N100,000, alleged I used to be homosexual – Sufferer
A Benin-based tailor in his mid-30s, Johnson Eze, on Monday informed the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and associated abuses of how the police arrested him over an allegation that he was homosexual, tortured and forcefully extorted N100, 000 from him.
Eze, who mentioned he was detained on the Iyekogba Police Station in Benin on the orders of the Space Commander for 3 days, alleged that he was abused and coerced to signal a press release already ready by the police.
Equally, two different victims, Hyacinth Inhanrebhor and Pascal Omozee, additionally alleged that they had been made to pay N50,000 and N60,000 respectively on the claims that they had been homosexuals after being arrested by policemen and brought to the identical Iyekogba Police Station.
Narrating his ordeal, Eze mentioned he was arrested on June 15, 2020, by the Space Commander, Johnson Acha, and his staff and was detained until June 18 after he was forcefully made to pay N100, 000.
He mentioned, “They took me to the police station and compelled me to agree that I used to be gay. They used a follow beat me to say the reality and after then, they detained me.
“I sustained an harm in my brow and my leg in the course of the beating. They molested and detained me based mostly on accusations that I used to be homosexual. I used to be molested and humiliated for 3 days from June 15 to 18 after which I used to be pressured to pay N100,000.”
Beneath cross-examination by counsel for the police, Polycarp Odion, the sufferer, nonetheless, mentioned he didn’t acquire a medical report from the hospital to substantiate his claims of being overwhelmed and injured.
Odion, nonetheless, informed the panel that the sufferer was solely blackmailing the police.
However counsel for the sufferer, Harmless Ukpai, alleged that it was the sample of the Space Commander and his cohorts to invade the privateness of Benin residents, arrest, detain, molest and extort cash from them for unjustifiable and unsubstantiated causes.
He demanded N10m compensation to be paid to every of the three victims.
‘My illegal detention prompted my spouse dying’
Additionally talking, Mr Osazee Agbontaen, urged the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and associated abuses to compel the police to compensate him over the dying of his spouse.
The 33-year-old farmer and electrical engineer from Ekowe neighborhood in Ovia North East Native Authorities Space of the state mentioned his spouse died whereas he was unlawfully detained for 2 weeks based mostly on a petition in opposition to him.
He additionally lamented that he was later taken to the correctional services, the place he spent a number of months earlier than he was launched.
He mentioned, “Ten days into my detention, my pregnant spouse, who was eight months gone, put to mattress by means of Cesarean Part and she or he didn’t survive. My arrest prompted the pressured labour.”
He famous that after thorough investigations, the Division of Public Prosecutions mentioned he had no case to reply and was launched.
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