In Nigeria,there is hardly anyone without thrilling tales of Police brutality. Daily,heart touching episodes of police brutality is spread, both orally and on social media.
I, Gveeh is not left out of the many victims of these brutes.
I’ll tell you my “sars story” after the stories of those i met at the #endsars protest in Lekki Lagos.
STORIES FROM OTHER PROTESTERS
While at the protest, I came across others who had different stories but a particular one got my attention.
There was this guy in the video you’ll watch below who said,he was stopped at Ajah in Lagos and the officers searched everything including his phone (Mind you a phone is an item of privacy and no authority no matter the level has the right to access it without a warrant from the high court of law), and came across some unclad pictures of him on it and accused him of illegal possession, the guy asked them “I can’t have some nice pictures of me? Even if it is unclad?”
●●What followed the question was not an answer but a resounding slap●●
There is yet another person, who went for a video shoot and on his way back was coming with the props in the car, he was arrested and taken to the station. He didn’t get a chance to reach out to anyone to back up his story that he was but only a movie director, but his phone was seized and smashed.
■■Here is my “Sars story”■■
Day in day out rights of Nigerians are trampled upon by those who ought to be the upholders of them.
This happened while i was still a student of the Federal College of Education,Obudu. In my final year, I was posted to Begiading grammar school in Ohong council ward of Obudu L.G.A to carry out my Teaching practice as a requirement for the certificate.
My residence was in Obudu main town which is afar off from my duty post as such I couldn’t afford to go to school(My duty post) from home daily, so I visit town on weekends.
This very weekend, I was on my way to the town as usual when the motorcycle I boarded was flagged down by the police and they police the bike man for a tip as their usual habit, the cyclist told them he had no money but would pay on his way back, this caused an argument between the police officer and the motorcyclist, while this was going on I stood as an onlooker. The officer slapped the bike man and demanded for the keys but he refused to hand them over, after moments of struggle the officer turned to me and asked my name and where I was coming from and going to and also demanded to search me. I answered and allowed him to search me, in the process he found my laptop in the bag I was carrying, he called out to his colleagues to come and see a “YAHOO BOY”(internet scammer).
I in my defense tried to explain to them that I wasn’t a “yahoo boy”(internet scammer) but a student-teacher who was on his way home with my laptop which contained most of my school work (leason notes,lesson plans,scheme of work,books in pdf format,etc) as well as my musical articles(My “Almost Dropped out” mixtape that I was working on at the time). All my efforts to explain were in vain as they wouldn’t listen rather they demanded for my ID card which I didn’t have at the moment because the college didn’t provide one for students at the time.
So they confiscated my laptop and requested I brought a document(bribe) to the station to claim it back. I tried to convince them to allow me power it on and prove it to them at the spot by inputing my password and showing them media files(my pictures,songs,etc) but was turned down,and here the story began…
○○○to be continued in next blog post,subscribe to continue reading…○○○
So When the #EndSARS protest started, Gveeh played his role in it too cos he could relate…
Gveeh says #ENDSARS
Gveeh says #ENDPoliceBrutality
Gveeh says #Endbadgovernance