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SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Mgbadike80: 1:50am On Oct 17
SARS operatives killed my brother, stole his N532,000, called him armed robber –Victim’s sibling

An entrepreneur, Solomon Obodeh, tells ALEXANDER OKERE how men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force allegedly killed his younger brother, Benson Obodeh, in Benin City, Edo State, in 2015

Can you introduce yourself?

I am Solomon Obodeh. I am an entrepreneur in Jos, Plateau State.

Have you been affected by police brutality?

Yes. I lost my younger brother to officers of SARS on May 21, 2015. His name is Benson Obodeh. As of the time of his death, he was a student and a car dealer.

How did it happen?

He was picked up from his house on May 21, 2015 by officers of SARS. They (four of them) came into Benin City, Edo State, from Ikeja, Lagos, on the suspicion that they tracked a phone to a mechanic whose name was Evans and who happened to be my younger brother’s mechanic that helped him repair cars. There was a particular car, a Peugeot 306, which someone, identified as Favour, brought from Italy to Nigeria. Favour handed the car over to my brother to help him find a buyer. He also handed the photocopies of the Customs clearance to him. The car was not numbered (Tokunbo). Everybody that had a car at the mechanic’s workshop was arrested.

The police came to my brother’s place at Urora in Benin City at night to arrest him but they didn’t meet him. While he was sweeping my sister’s compound the next morning, he got a call and was told that the police came to look for him and had arrested his landlord because they didn’t see him. He wondered why the police were looking for him and went to his place. When he got home, the policemen arrested him and started beating him. My sister was alerted and she went there and called me on the phone. While she was talking to me, one of the policemen collected the phone from her on the ground that she didn’t have the right to talk while they (policemen) were there.

Where was he taken to?

They moved with my brother and the Peugeot 306 to the police headquarters in Benin City. I advised my sister to follow them, so it wouldn’t be a case of unknown policemen, and she followed. When they got to the headquarters, they took the boy to the back of the office and started beating him. One of them told my sister that if she came closer, they would shoot her. She went to get a lawyer but when she returned, she couldn’t find the policemen. That was when the search for him (Benson) began. I had to travel to Benin City but the police said they never arrested any Benson Obodeh and didn’t have it in their records. His neighbour and landlord said they saw when he was brought to the police headquarters, so we wondered why the police denied it. They (police) told us he was in Abuja with the Federal SARS, but when we went there, he was not seen. They said he was taken to Port Harcourt, Rivers State. I went there but he wasn’t there. They said he was at Ikoyi Prison in Lagos; I went there. They said he was at Kirikiri Prison and I went there but he wasn’t there.

What did you do next?

I had to get the media involved and the search gained momentum. At that time, we reached out to the then Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase (now retired). It was Arase who directed the then Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Fatai Owoseni (now retired), who ordered SARS to give clarification on what really happened to my brother. This happened in July 2015. It was the second-in-command at SARS, Ikeja, at the time that told the Lagos CP that the boy (Benson) died in the cause of investigation in Benin City.

Were you told what his offence was?

What they said was that his offence was armed robbery; that he was involved in armed robbery. We wondered how he would have been involved in that because he drove himself to his house when he found out that the police were looking for him. There was no evidence on the ground to show that he was involved in armed robbery.

Did the police tell you what was allegedly stolen?

They said a car was stolen. But when we saw the police report, we found out that it was full of abnormalities. They were trying to cover up the crime that had been committed. Assuming that he was an armed robber, why was it difficult for the police to let the family know that they had killed him? He wasn’t killed in a shootout. He surrendered himself to the police and he was killed at the police headquarters.

How did you know that he was killed there?

I conducted an investigation into the matter myself because I had to get a court order to print out my brother’s statement of account as his next of kin. I found out that the boy died on May 21, 2015. The landlord that was arrested saw when the police brought Benson and the landlord said the policemen tied his (Benson) hands and legs to a stake, placed blocks on his back and beat him. The landlord told his wife that even if Benson survived, he would be a vegetable because of the level of beating he received. Unfortunately, my brother didn’t make it. They (police) didn’t tell us where his body was; it was after 63 days that I found out that my brother had died. We searched for him for over two months and the police refused to tell us where he was, not knowing that they had killed him and dumped his body at the Central Hospital morgue in Benin City. We had to search before we found his body there. His corpse was registered at the hospital with a false name, Benson Agu, and labelled him as a gunshot victim.

Many victims of SARS brutality allege that officers of the unit stole from them. Was that the case with your brother?

In the course of torture, seeing that he was about to die, they collected his house key, the car and the N200,000 my in-law gave him to deposit in the bank on the day he was arrested. The SARS officers collected the money but that wasn’t enough; they still collected his ATM card and the PIN. There was N332,000 in his account. They withdrew a total of N330,000 from the account.

What is your reaction to the recent protests by Nigerian youths calling for the dissolution of SARS and an end to police brutality?

In fact, Nigerians have more than a cause to protest and I don’t think there is any better time to ask for police reforms than now. In the course of investigating my brother’s death, I met some police officers that were extremely professional in discharging their duties. But the bad ones have refused to allow the good ones to hold sensitive positions in the force and that’s why I think the reforms are actually necessary.

Are you satisfied with the recent dissolution of SARS?

That is just a step. FSARS is just a nomenclature. There are personnel behind FSARS. What happens to them? Where will they go? What intention does the IGP have? What does he want to do with the SARS officers? Is there a plan to reform them? They need reformation. They are like outcasts now. What they need now is a correctional programme before they can return to the police force.

One of the demands of the protesters is justice for the victims of police brutality. Has your family got justice over your brother’s death?

The demand for justice in this clime (Nigeria) is a tall order. My family has been under pressure from outside and within the police to let go of the matter. Five police officers were involved in the killing of my late brother. They are currently at a correctional centre in Benin City. We have closed our case for the past two years for the defence to open its case. But we are still at the State High Court not because it is the fault of the judges. In fact, they have done well. Some senior police officers even went to the Edo State Ministry of Justice, telling them to leave the case. When it comes to justice, it is a tall order. But Nigerians should continue to speak out against police brutality because it serves no good to society.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Mgbadike80: 1:52am On Oct 17
lala please give the victims a voice by taking this thread to the FrontPage too to bring the man to justice.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by federal9: 1:59am On Oct 17
They are the main armed robbers.

After this end says, I can't wait for #stop estimated billings

This is the one I must partake. From 5k to 27k. Nigerian is finished. Day light robbery people don't want to talk about.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by EbukaHades10(m): 2:16am On Oct 17
federal9:
They are the main armed robbers.

After this end says, I can't wait for #stop estimated billings

This is the one I must partake. From 5k to 27k. Nigerian is finished. Day light robbery people don't want to talk about.
Be like say na today dey send ur bill cus we don add NEPA own join #ENDSARS since like last week or so

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Slynation(m): 2:20am On Oct 17
This Sars guys are indeed very evil.... That's how they picked one guy in my street last 2weeks because they saw him smoking common ordinary cigarette at the entrance of his gate, they rough handled him with slaps and blows as if he's Anini himself, handcuffed him like a hardened criminal and fling him into their van like a used piece of paper...Till today he hasn't been seen

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by tillaman(m): 2:32am On Oct 17
Damn this almost brought me to tears!!!

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Promotions: 2:36am On Oct 17
I have no pity for the Nigerian police �..very unlawful set of people, they rape inmate, prostitutes, kill everyone they see, steal, unlawfully detain people and yet get away with it..I wish Nigerian youths was this United from the onset, we would have gone far as a nation..
#EndSars #EndBadGovt

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Mekudi: 2:40am On Oct 17
EbukaHades10:
Be like say na today dey send ur bill cus we don add NEPA own join #ENDSARS since like last week or so
leave him ,let pant be wearing him

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by AsiwajuNdigbo: 2:42am On Oct 17
EbukaHades10:
Be like say na today dey send ur bill cus we don add NEPA own join #ENDSARS since like last week or so

grin

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by protests: 2:55am On Oct 17
His corpse was registered at the hospital with a false name, Benson Agu, and labelled him as a gunshot victim.

#EndSARS Monitoring Division
Please Compile!

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Mutemenot(m): 3:28am On Oct 17
Who do we run to in this country? With all this cry here and there, there's no action taken .

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by YourhealthNG2(m): 3:37am On Oct 17
Na wa o

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by hisgrace090: 4:02am On Oct 17
It's very difficult to document SARS atrocities over the years if people can come out to testify their evil.


And my question remains, why did all our leaders who are more informed chose to remain silent till youth protest time?

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Skankamola: 4:15am On Oct 17
hisgrace090:
It's very difficult to document SARS atrocities over the years if people can come out to testify their evil.


And my question remains, why did all our leaders who are more informed chose to remain silent till youth protest time?
What leaders? Our politicians only interested in their pockets?
Its time to shift to community policing.
#EndNPF#EndSARSBrutality

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by AntiBalaka: 4:40am On Oct 17
hisgrace090:
It's very difficult to document SARS atrocities over the years if people can come out to testify their evil.


And my question remains, why did all our leaders who are more informed chose to remain silent till youth protest time?

That's why I suggested that instead of milling about carrying placards, the EndSars protests must provide a podium for victims and or their relations to air their testimony.

For every story like this, there is a hundred more..

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by protests: 4:51am On Oct 17
Dear AntiBalaka,

You have genuine intentions, and #EndSARS appreciates your comments

Those #EndSARS placards is what is creating the platform for people to come out now
The 'podium' you spoke about is present at Lekki #EndSARS freedom gate, large screens showing victims of police brutality
More of these would be coming to other protest locations
See we are all contributing together
Just some moments ago, right before I logged in to NL, I came up with something close to what you are saying but to be in printed form, and I will do it as my own personal contribution to the #EndSARS struggle
What I am saying is, you can do what you are asking for by yourself while also suggesting it
All of these #EndSARS thing came from personal efforts
And it is working and working well

Welcome to #EndSARS AntiBalaka. Your #EndSARS No is ....... grin


Yours loyally
#EndSARS No 767677



AntiBalaka:


That's why I suggested that instead of milling about carrying placards, the EndSars protests must provide a podium for victims and or their relations to air their testimony.

For every story like this, there is a hundred more..

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Bighead9: 5:00am On Oct 17
Chanel your anger to JAMES NWAFOR.
That man did wonders in the EAst. grin

Igbo Amaka grin grin grin

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by sapientia(m): 5:09am On Oct 17
Pathetic
Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Mgbadike80: 5:31am On Oct 17
our religious leaders especially in Anambra knew what was happening (Especially at SARS Awkuzu) yet none of them said anything. Nigerians should include religious leaders as one of our biggest problems in this country

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by CodeTemplar: 5:37am On Oct 17
Our stupíd people supporting SARS know what obtains in advanced nations. Interrogations are recorded on videos. There are special rooms equipped to the teeth for those. Anything short of these standards in the reform is a huge joke.

Constant drug test for active officers.
Totally open investigative processes with video back ups.
Better welfare packages

These and more are the minimum I expect.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by CodeTemplar: 5:38am On Oct 17
Mgbadike80:
our religious leaders especially in Anambra knew what was happening (Especially at SARS Awkuzu) yet none of them said anything. Nigerians should include religious leaders as one of our biggest problems in this country
They heard stories just like you and others. Take it easy on them. they are people like you.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by CodeTemplar: 5:40am On Oct 17
AntiBalaka:


That's why I suggested that instead of milling about carrying placards, the EndSars protests must provide a podium for victims and or their relations to air their testimony.

For every story like this, there is a hundred more..

I support this. There should be a Twitter channel dedicated to this. Let testimonies be compiled for the world to see. Let every American celebrity see what we are talking about. Let the world see and understand better.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by EagleNest(m): 6:41am On Oct 17
Another sad case of police brutality. If not that there is no suitable alternative, it would have been better that the Nigeria police force as a whole should be disbanded not only SARS. Then create an entirely new Nigeria police service with a well thought out template. The abuse is too much.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Mgbadike80: 7:12am On Oct 17
CodeTemplar:
They heard stories just like you and others. Take it easy on them. they are people like you.
as expected, religious folks would come to the defense of their religious leaders, nobody can claim to have heard only stories, we all know what has been going on, even the few religious leaders who have talked was after Daddy freeze dragged them into it. but let's not derail the thread.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by austine4real(m): 7:26am On Oct 17
sad sad


Chai
Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by IamPlato(m): 7:55am On Oct 17
Its What They Do For A Living... Its The Evil That Gives Them joy.

Once They Start They Cannot Stop

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by nnamdi640: 8:09am On Oct 17
Bighead9:
Chanel your anger to JAMES NWAFOR.
That man did wonders in the EAst. grin

Igbo Amaka grin grin grin
Don't act like a foolish being, this issue requires one voice. The so called politicians used tribalism to divide us in order for us not to know our right. Thank God the youths are now speaking in one voice, with this, I think our politicians will start receiving small sense in order for them to do the right things.....
All what we need to do is to speak with one voice
if really we want the progress of our country....
Finally stay away from tribalism because it won't help us.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by oluwaseyi0: 8:18am On Oct 17
This sars truly deserves to be prosecuted, sentenced and hanged to death

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by ILoveDemMANNA: 8:55pm On Oct 17
All bad and negative stories about the deadly evil SARS.
No peace for the wicked.
And we still have thousands of people's experience to come.
This is only the beginning.
#EndSARSBrutality.

James Nwafor, the face of all evil SARS Officials in Nigeria.
The man who allegedly killed over 100 Nigerian youths as you can see in the image below!!
We are all coming for you.
You can only run but can't hide.
You will die a painful death.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by PureGoldh(m): 8:55pm On Oct 17
Haaa....dx SARS people have done more harm than good to the populace.

People wey suppose dey safeguard lives and property dey destroy am

Tueh undecided

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by QueenEstherh(f): 8:55pm On Oct 17
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MULTIPLE CRIMINALS TOO,

ARM RUBBERS
HIRED ASSASSIN
KIDNAPPERS

SO CITINZNS ARE NOT SAFE AROUND THEM.

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Re: SARS Operatives Killed My Brother, Stole His N532,000, Called Him Armed Robber by Neroiam(m): 8:55pm On Oct 17
cry

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