It is the same unpleasant stories at different hearings on the activities of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squard (SARS) across the country.
A herder and resident of Jabir village in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State, Alhaji Namadina Jabiru told the Katsina #EndSARS panel that commenced hearing at Funtua, how SARS team attached to Funtua Local Government Area of the state forcefully collected N500,000 from him before he could reclaim his seized cows.
Narrating the incident, Jabiru said that on June 29, 2020, the SARS team attached to Funtua Local Government Council, led by one ‘’Corporal Yobe’’ seized 7 of his cattle, kidnapped his brother and forcefully collected N500, 000 from him to reclaim them
According to him, the incident which left him shattered.
He said “I want this honorable panel to seriously study my petition because I initially requested for the refund of my N500, 000 since I swore not to tell lies’’.
‘’I equally want the panel to reconsider my plight as I am talking now I don’t have any cattle because they were all carted away and I am rendered jobless. I am highly disgraced and my character being defamed by my neighbors who are now thinking that I am a bad person.”
The panel is expected to hear 56 petitions from Funtua zone within three days.
The Petitions were filed by members of the public who were mostly farmers, cattle breeders and businessmen that were victims of brutality by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
The Chairman of the panel, Justice Abdullahi Bawale in his remarks during the inaugural hearing assured the people of the state that the panel will perform its assignment with all forms of responsibility, openness and transparency in accordance with the terms and reference as contained in constituting the panel.