The parents of a law student, Miss Treasure Chiamaka Nduka seen in a viral video being brutally assaulted by armed police men attached to Area C Police Command, Kafaru Oluwole Tinubu House, Ojuelegba Lagos have raised the alarm over the whereabouts of their daughter.
Treasure, a graduate of Bowen University was among hundreds of people protesting alleged police brutality when she was arrested at Ojuelegbe on Monday.
According to her heartbroken mother, Mrs. Oyinmiebi Nduka, Treasure has been in custody of the Police and kept incommunicado stressing that she cannot say if her daughter is alive or not.
Mrs. Oyinmiebi Nduka stated that all effort to see her daughter has proved abortive and that she does not know the condition of her daughter.
In addition, lawyer to Bowen University, Kayode Bankole said Treasure’s parents are in trauma and they do not know whether their daughter is alive or dead.
According to Bankole, he was at Area C Police Command, in company of Treasure’s parent to apply for her bail, but they were told that Treasure was not in their custody.
“The mother is still at the station and the police are not allowing anyone to see her including we her lawyers”, he said.
He urged the Inspector General of Police to order Treasure’s release or arraign her before a court of competent jurisdiction.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has been accused of killing and maltreating innocent Nigerians for no just cause over the years.
SARS officers have been accused of mounting illegal roadblocks, stop and search, arrest without warrant, rape women, extort young Nigerians for driving exotic vehicles and using iPhones.
After days of angry protests, the Inspector General of Police on Sunday announced the immediate disbanding of a notorious anti-robbery unit that has long been accused of grave human rights abuses.
While some claimed victory as the Nigerian Police Force dissolved the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, others noted similar promises had been made in recent years and the government planned to reassign SARS officers rather than eliminate them entirely.
Consequently, protesters have promised to keep up their campaign seeking justice for victims of police brutality and an overhaul of the security apparatus.
Many more used the #EndSARS hashtag online to share stories alleging extortion, torture, disappearances and even murders at the hands of members of the unit.