How I was removed from my job as a boss after being handcuffed by SARS while my wife and I were walking through the market – Man Tells Panel
Adegboyega Agbaje, head of the Ikire market in the Irevole local government area, Osun state, described how he was harassed by the police.
The man told the Commission of Inquiry into Police Brutality and Extrajudicial Executions that he was suspended for three months after being handcuffed by officers from the disbanded Anti-Theft Squad (SARS).
He said he was arrested along with his wife, Ms. Misitura Agbaje, and was taken handcuffed to a market where he presided as head.
Explaining, Chief Agbaje said: “On August 18, 2020, at about 2 pm, five plainclothes policemen, but wearing a SARS jacket, led the throw. They broke into my house and asked if a certain Tunde Agbaje was my son, who participated in the robbery. I was arrested with my wife and handcuffed. We were taken to the Nigeria police station in Ikoyi and then to Apoma. We were taken to Osogbo in search of my son. We were handcuffed for about 10 hours before being released.
“I was dismissed from the position of the chief because of the arrest and an unreasonable police scenario. The community believed that I had committed a serious crime, so my wife and I were handcuffed. I was reinstated three months later when they saw that I was not guilty of the crime for which the police arrested me. I have official letters for both suspension and my reinstatement at work. “
The leader Agbaje demanded an amount of 10 million N.
College President Judge Akin Oladimeji said the plaintiff’s attorney must write a final written speech and beautify the case by January 8, 2021.