How men with SARS were arrested and missed an exam – OAU high school student tells her story

Posted by on Oct 25, 2020, Under: News

How men with SARS were arrested and missed an exam – OAU high school student tells her story

In this interview for The PUNCH, a final year student at Obafemi University Avolovo talks about her experiences with men with SARS.

Mayokun Olivola, a final year student at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, tells BOLA BAMIGBOLA about his experiences with the officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Could you tell us about your encounter with SARS?

I am Olivola Mayokun, a philosophy student at Obafemi Avolovo University, Ile Ife. I am already in my final year and should have dropped out of school if it had not been for the closure of the school due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the strike of the University Academic Staff. In the past, I have had many meetings with state and federal SARS officials. The last thing that happened to me in Ife was a few years ago. It was very pathetic. They arrested me for no good reason and kept me in a cell overnight. They made me miss the exam.

How did this happen?

On the same day I was driving to school to write an exam. I was walking down Acerif Street towards the campus gates when they came up to me. There were four people at the checkpoint, and they asked for my phone number. I told them that I did not have a phone because I was going to school to write an exam. We don’t go to the lookout with gadgets. After listening to my explanation, they said that I looked like a bad boy. At first it seemed very funny, because I thought one of them said that he was just joking with me. I laughed too.

The team leader slapped me in the face and ordered me to get into their van. They said that I should have taken them to my home, but I refused. This prevented me from passing the exam at 16:00. I was scared because missing an exam could lead to an extra year of study. They finally took me to the Moore police station in Ile-Ife. I was kept in a cell until the next morning. I could not pass the exam that day. It was a computer test. I have the names of those who arrested me, and I can still find them out.

What happened during your arrest?

I was forced to write a statement that I had Indian hemp. I was allowed to call my parents, and I couldn’t believe it when they convinced my parents to believe their story that I have weed. This upset me very much. My parents were forced to pay me a bond of 30,000 AD. The guy who made me write the statement was not even there at the time of my arrest.

Who arrested you that day?

These were people suffering from SARS, although they were not dressed in uniform and arrived without a police van. During this period, SARS men usually drive a Toyota Corolla and a black van. Every student of Ife knows about these machines. If you meet them, you will have to flee because they symbolize danger.

What did you do after you were released?

I met the woman who was giving the exam and told her about my ordeal. Later I was allowed to write an exam. It’s not just me. Many of my friends, relatives, relatives and others have come across men with SARS at different times, which has led to sad experiences.

How did you deal with the trauma after regaining freedom?

Initially, there were many injuries. It was very serious. But after the whole saga I had to move on.

Source: The PUNCH