A victim of police brutality, Terfa Gundu, has told the Benue State Judicial Panel of Inquiry how the personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS in Makurdi hung him on a rod, beat and poured fuel on his back before setting him ablaze – all in a bid to forcefully implicate him.
The 34-year-old Gundu alleged this on Monday, saying policemen from Mopol 13 Makurdi brutalized him beyond description for a crime he knew nothing about.
According to him, his ordeal began when he stepped out to buy some provisions in Makurdi, adding that he was arrested and dragged to Mopol 13 for a torture session.
He said, “They arrested me and took me to MOPOL 13. They took me to one small room and asked me to provide the items that I have stolen.
“I told them I don’t know what they are talking about. So they handcuffed me and asked me to squat down and put a rod across. They packed me up and were using a baton to beat me on sensitive parts of my body.
“After some time, they poured fuel at my back and used lighter to ignite the light. When it became too painful for me, I told them to drop me that I am the one that carried those things. They now asked me where I kept those things; I replied that they were at my house.”