On Monday in Abuja, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) allegedly shot a 17-year-old boy named Sadiq in their pursuit after some suspected kidnappers.
According to a reliable source who spoke to our correspondence, the SARS officials scaled the fence of her aunt’s house and opened fire on occupants.
“Sadiq, who was performing his obligations when the incident occurred, was shot in the arm as he tried to run upon sighting the gun-wielding officers whom he thought were armed robbers” she said.
She further revealed that one of the officers handcuffed Sadiq and one of the neighbour’s son and took them into their vehicle not minding that Sadiq was bleeding from the gun injury.
“Meanwhile, the remaining officers broke the doors into the house,
brought out the remaining boys and her husband and started beating them up.”
The source also revealed that she was later informed that the boys were being detained at the SARS office in Guzape where the officers claimed that they were trailing a kidnapper who had demanded for ransom money.
“After we narrated our own side of the story, the officer realised there were some hidden facts. After clearly listening to his step mum, a senior officer asked them to release everybody”.
After much delay, she insisted they give us Sadiq for treatment and seeing it’s a gunshot injury and none of the hospitals will accept them without a police officer attached to them. “I demanded that one of the police officers should accompany us to the hospital” she said.
The SARS operatives took Sadiq into their Hilux vehicle and drove him to National Hospital and left. The doctors demanded that they wait behind and submit their statement but they refused leaving Sadiq and his family there.
The bullet was said to have damaged Sadiq’s radius and ulna bones as well as the tendons on his wrist.
The lady called on Nigerians to join her and the family in demanding for justice for Sadiq, who was neither a kidnapper nor thief.
Mr Anjuguri Manzal, Spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, who spoke with our correspondent, said he had not been notified about the incident and therefore will not say anything about it.