A man, Nwaokoro Nicholas, has alleged that he lost his sight 11 years ago after operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, beat him to pulp near the Olu Obasanjo Police Station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Nicholas, who testified before the Justice Chukwunenye Uriri (retd.) led Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Police brutality and related offences, said trouble started when he packed his bus behind a SARS operational vehicle at the police station.
He said he had nine surgeries on both eyes in Nigeria and India without any luck.
He stated, “As I came out of the police station, I walked straight to where I packed my bus beside a SARS vehicle. As I made to enter the bus, the policemen came after me, there was bashing everywhere.
“Some of them used their rifle on my back. One other person hit me in the face. I couldn’t see again. Later, the policemen from the police station rescued me.”
Nicholas demanded N8m as compensation to enable him to go for further treatment.