Police in Gimba Kakanda: I will waste you and no one can do anything to me

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020, Under: News

Police in Gimba Kakanda: I will waste you and no one can do anything to me

Daily Trust columnist Gimba Kakanda and two others were among the citizens attacked by police for Sunday’s protest in Abuja.

Mr Kakanda, whose column Beyond the Surface was published in Sunday’s Daily Trust, told our reporter that the attack was “traumatic” and “close to death at the hands of the police.”

The protest has been going on for several days, demanding the destruction of the Anti-Robbery Task Force, which has been criticized for profiling, human rights violations, extortion, intimidation, harassment and murder.

On Sunday morning, police fired tear gas and water cannons on a crowd of protesters marching from the Fountain of Unity to the force headquarters.

The direct attack on the observer occurred in the evening when he and others went to collect their parked vehicles from the Ministry of Women and Social Development, which is located a few meters from the Force headquarters.

Kakanda and another protester, Ibrahim Usman, were hit and beaten in clubs, a social media commentator told the Daily Trust.

According to Amnesty International, up to 10 people have been killed in an attempt by the authorities to quell the growing #ENDSARS protest. The authorities requested a waiver.

Attack

Minutes after the protesting crowd had dispersed, Kakanda and Usman were driven back to the Ministry of Women and Social Development to collect their cars.

“When we reached the first barricade and explained that we were allowed in. We didn’t know it was a ruse, ”Mr. Kakanda told our reporter.

As the men got into their cars, armed police officers approached them, asking a barrage of questions.

“I tried to explain myself. At the time, I was on the phone with a friend who is himself a police officer. I was trying to pass the phone to the person who was talking to me when someone hit me hard from behind with a stick. They took the phone and destroyed it on the street.

“There were several cars next to ours. But these cops quickly went crazy, using their knives to rip as many tires as possible. They destroyed three of mine, ”he explained.

After smashing the tires, Kakanda said the police attacked them with bats.

“I used my hands to protect my face and head and therefore they inflicted serious injuries on me,” he said.

“They dehumanized us as much as possible and continued to brag that they could kill us and erase all traces of our existence.”

“I will waste and no one can do anything to me.”

Kakanda said that after the first round of beatings, the police dragged them to their superior.

“Agent, ASP, named” MB Shehu ”was very hostile and directly threatened. He told us that we were lucky that it was day, and if it was night, they would kill us.

“I’m going to waste you now and no one can do anything to me,” Kakanda said, quoting a police officer.

He said a police officer ordered his subordinates to take two activists to headquarters for further beatings before handing them over to SARS.

“He asked us why we didn’t go to protest at the SARS offices instead; when Ibrahim tried to explain that Force headquarters was the right place for this action, they started hitting him again, ”Kakanda said.

“Thanks Obi Ezekwesili”

To rectify the situation required a meeting with a senior officer, whom Kakanda could only identify as “Ibe King N”.

“When he saw that we were being escorted, he became alarmed and asked the police for our identity. They told him that we were among the protesting troublemakers. To our relief and surprise, the man frowned at their actions and ordered them to take us to his office instead.

“When we were alone in his office, he told us that he was going to let us go, but expressed concern that the same people might intercept us as we left. So he asked us to call for someone to come and take us out, ”Kakanda said.

Meanwhile, former Education Minister and activist Obi Ezekwesili arrived at the Force headquarters and asked where Kakanda and Usman were.

“The officers on the street told her that we were not in custody. But she insisted. When the agent who was with us knew that he waved his hand at us and handed it to her. “

Police spokesman Frank Mba did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Recalling his injuries, Kakanda said, “Obi Ezekwesili took us to Aman’s clinic for treatment, and then I went to Grandpa’s hospital for further examinations. But I’m fine. “

Source: Daily Trust


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