OVERVIEW OF: How SARS Tortured Me Until I Lost My Two Months Pregnancy - School Teacher Reveals
Ndubuisi Obiechina, a schoolteacher, has narrated how was arrested in 2017 and tortured by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) till her then two-month-old pregnancy was aborted.
She disclosed this while testifying on Saturday before the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry into complaints of human rights violations by men of the disbanded SARS.
Appearing alongside her husband, the schoolteacher, named the officers who tortured her as Phillip Rilwan, Christian and Haruna Idowu.
Narrating their ordeal in the hands of the SARS men, she said, “On June 1, 2017, I received a text message from an unknown number that I had a parcel from DHL. A caller using different numbers asked for my home or office address and I gave him my school address upon my husband’s advice.
“The following day, I saw a black jeep with huge men inside it. One of them was in a DHL uniform. Immediately, they approached me, they started beating me. They said I should enter inside. They said I was a thief, an armed robber. My HM (headmistress) was peeping at us. I said let me go and tell her. They said no.
“I said my kid is there, they said no, that I should follow them, that my kid would die there.
“My HM came to the gate; they pointed a gun at me. She asked what was going on. They said, ‘This woman is a thief, a kidnapper. She must follow us and go. They said they were Police, SARS’.
“They pushed me inside the car and moved. The men were slapping, beating me. I was two months pregnant. I started vomiting. That’s when they found out I was pregnant. But they kept torturing me. I told them I did not know the suspect.
“They took me to their office at Ikeja. They took me to a shrine. They hanged me, beat me. They said they would force my baby out of me. They said I must produce the person or die there.”