Police asked me to confess to robbery, tortured me – Victim

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A petitioner , 30 -year -old Mr Ayotomiwa Elegbeleye, on Thursday told the Ekiti State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Allegations of Police Brutality that he was arrested by men of the defunct Special Anti - Robbery Squad at Ikere Ekiti in Ekiti State over trumped up armed robbery allegation .

Elegbeleye said the SARS operated invaded his house around 11 .55 pm on January 7 , 2020 , and took him to their office where he was allegedly tortured repeatedly .

The victim , who came to testify before the panel from the a correctional centre, said the SARS men requested N 500, 000 from him to secure his release , adding that his inability to produce the amount led to his being tortured with a pressing iron for 23 days .

He said, “ I was hanged up with a rod. I gasped for breath begging them to release me , but they said I will only be released with the payment of N 500, 000 . After 23 days in their custody and with serious bodily injuries , they took me to the Police Hospital in Okesa , Ado Ekiti when they felt I might die due to my deteriorating health condition ,” Elegbeleye said.

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