The number two citizen of Oyo State Ibadan Governor Rauf Olaniyan has painfully narated his ordeals in the hands of the recently disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives .
The Deputy Governor, who also joined the protesters to call for a ban of the SARS, said he was brutalised on two different occasions with both experiences very hard to forgot.
Speaking over the weekend, Olaniyan said his two encounters, happened in Lagos. “I was a victim twice, once at Ikeja roundabout and at Ojota ramp when you want to negotiate around Ikorodu road to the express.
“Ask my driver. We were ransacked there. What only saved me was the fact that I had some money with me. I had to part with over a hundred thousand naira. It was terrible.
“That of Ikeja, they took Pounds sterlings, they took dollar notes, all the money I had because I was travelling. I was eager to go and catch my flight, they emptied me.
When confronted with possible solutions, he said: “It is not only EndSARS but we need complete police reformation. Some of them are very nice, good, decent and even professionals.
“I even pleaded with them that I planned to spend the foreign currencies when I get to my destination, they said people there that I was going to meet will take care of me. They were very very notorious.”
“But some of them may not even be in SARS outfit but they behave just like them, so what we need is a complete police reformation.
“If they disband SARS, they should be retrained on how to relate and deal with civil society.” he submitted.
Earlier, the #ENDSARS protesters are staging a massive movement in what many regarded as unprecedented in the history of Nigeria. The protesters are youths who are demanding for immediate police reform. The Government had disbanded the SARS unit, however that has not dissuaded them as they insist immediate justice to the victims and their families.