SARS Strikes Again, Breaks Woman’s Leg Amids Protest

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The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) amids the #ENDSARS protest, again brutally assaulted a trader and mother of one, Omolola Ajibade, during an illegal raid in Ajuwon area of Lagos State, breaking her leg in the process.

The incident, according to Ajibade, who now walks with the aid of crutches, occurred penultimate Friday in front of Raji Plaza on Alagbole Road, Ajuwon.

Ajibade, who sells men wears, was waiting for a vehicle to take her home after she attended a show organised by one of her friends to mark the country’s 60th independence anniversary, when a team of SARS operatives in a mini bus attempted to arrest her for wandering at about 11pm.

The 33-year-old indigene of Ekiti State, said she was waiting at the bus stop with her boyfriend when the operatives arrived and tried to force her and her boyfriend into their bus.

The SARS operatives were said to have slapped Ajibade several times for demanding an explanation for her arrest at a time there was no curfew or restriction of movement.

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In the process of trying to force her into their operation van, one of the officers allegedly broke Ajibade’s right leg with the butt of his rifle, pushing her and her boyfriend into the bus and drove them alongside two others to the Ajuwon Police Station in Ogun State.

Ajibade said: “The incident occurred on October 2, 2020. One of my friends who runs a wine shop at Raji Plaza had staged a musical show in celebration of Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary. I attended the show with my boyfriend and I sold some men’s wear to male revellers at the event.

“The show ended at about 10 pm and the vehicle that was to take us home had taken some of those who attended the event to their homes. We were waiting at the bus stop in front of the plaza when a mini-bus conveying a team of SARS operatives halted where I stood with my boyfriend and two others, and the policemen attempted to arrest us.

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“I tried to explain to them that we were waiting for the car that would take us home, which had just left a few minutes earlier to drop some revellers at their homes in the neighbourhood, but one of the officers slapped me for having the effrontery to talk.

“I told the officer that slapped me that he had no right to slap me for demanding an explanation for an unlawful raid at a time there was no restriction on movements.

“The officers felt offended by my remarks and one of them broke my leg with the butt of his rifle, causing me to collapse. Still, the unfeeling officers dragged me into their bus and drove us to Ajuwon Police Station, where I was dumped on the floor of a cell.

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“Realising that my right leg had been broken with the butt of their rifle, one of them picked me up from the floor inside the police station where I reclined and raised the alarm that I needed urgent medical attention as I could no longer walk.”

Ajibade explained further that she was

“Realising that my right leg had been broken with the butt of their rifle, one of them picked me up from the floor inside the police station where I reclined and raised the alarm that I needed urgent medical attention as I could no longer walk.”

Ajibade explained further that she was

“Realising that my right leg had been broken with the butt of their rifle, one of them picked me up from the floor inside the police station where I reclined and raised the alarm that I needed urgent medical attention as I could no longer walk.”

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