Judiciary

#EndSARS: Police smashed my phone, beat me till I peed on myself – woman tells Lagos Panel

A petitioner, Felicia Okpara has told the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry and Restitution how the Police brutalised her for recording a violent scene at the Surulere protests. 

While testifying in front of the panel on Friday, Okpara narrated that she joined the protest when she was going home after an interview around the area.

Shortly after she joined, she heard gunshots and the protests area was in disarray. 

She ran towards a police station and decided to film the incident. A Police officer who saw her questioned why she was filming and dragged her alongside another lady to a nearby police station. 

Other police officers both men and women, joined the officer to beat and punch her till she peed on herself. The police officers also smashed her phone believing she wants to publish it on the internet.  

Okpara to the panel, “While the beating was going on, I lost control of my body and my phone fell on the ground and one of them used his leg to smash it because he believed I was recording with it and I was going to post it on the internet.

“While we were still at that gate, some were coming out, they joined the beating. Dragged me inside, that was where I lost control of my body, I peed on myself. I managed to get a hold of the phone because I knew that was the only thing I had.”

The Independent investigations and judicial panel were a core demand of the #EndSARS protests.  The panel will sit for six months.


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