Man narrates how SARS killed his son over recharge cards in Oyo

on Thursday, narrated how officials of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) murdered his son, Adewale Owoade over accusation of stealing recharge cards.

Owoade told Oyo State Panel of Inquiry on Police brutality how the police unit shot his son in the back with the bullet perforating his stomach and intestine.

According to a NAN report, Owoade, who was led in evidence by his counsel, Diekola Rufai, stated that the incident occurred in January 2006 when one Lasunkanmi, their neighbour, accused Adewale of stealing recharge cards.

Lasunkanmi invited the operatives to search the house where the Owoades lived with other tenants.

“Adewale panicked, ran out of the room and was shot by an official of SARS called Kola. The SARS officials also followed us to the hospital he later died”, the father said.


The complainant presented the death certificate, medical report and receipt of other expenses incurred by the family as exhibits to the panel.

He further explained that Adewale’s mother became seriously ill as a result of shock, appealing for fairness in the matter.

Owoade demanded N50million damages for the surgical operation on his wife and for other payments made before the demise of his son.

The prosecuting counsel, Matthew Oje, told the panel that after the incident, SARS frustrated all efforts made by the family to get justice.

The panel chairman, retired Justice Badejoko Adeniji adjourned the matter until April 14, 2021.


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