Daily Metro News NG
The lady who was seen in a viral video being dragged into Barracks Police Station, Felicia Nkemakolam Okpara, aged 27, on Friday narrated her ordeal before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Related Abuses and other Matters.
Okpara said she was beaten and made to remove her bra in their presence, she was led to the panel by her lawyer, Ridwan Oke.
The petitioner, who said she is an orphan, told the panel that several policemen and police women beat her after she was caught trying to stream policemen from Area C, Barracks Police Station shooting into the midst of #EndSARS protesters on her twitter handle.
She said; “After taking off my bra, one policeman went inside and brought a broken mop stick and used it on a man that was also arrested.
“After beating him, he went out and came back with the same anger and started hitting me with the nozzle of a gun.
“I was scared that he could pull the trigger. I think he realised what he was doing and then stopped and started using the gun butt to beat me.”
She said the police took her money, damaged her phone and threatened to detain her.
She said the police did not allow her and the other lady that was arrested to make a call to anybody.
Okpara said when a police officer came to take her statement, she discovered that he was an Igbo man, so she spoke Igbo to him to see if he could be of help, but he asked her to calm down.
She further said; “They took us upstairs and brought us back. That was where I saw Desmond Elliot. There were so many lawyers around.
”My head was bruised, my face was bruised. I saw some lawyers and Desmond Elliot. I saw someone from the government.
“Later, Desmond said where are the two ladies whose video was trending on social media? That was when I knew he came for me.
“I was smelling, in fact stinking. I was traumatized. There was no vehicle, no cab,” she lamented.
Okpara, who is a mother of one said that Desmond Elliot gave her N6,000 to go home at about 10pm, after she was released.
Okpara said she was almost raped when she approached a man to help him get transport to Ikorodu.
Seeing her condition, the man invited her to come and sleep inside the bus with him.
She said she later slept in a hotel in the area that night and went for medication when she got to Ikorodu the next day.
Justice Doris Okuwobi admitted in evidence the photographs of her bruised body and face, medical report and damaged phone.
She thereafter adjourned the matter to December 4 for continuation of hearing.