The family of Taofik Badmos an undergraduate of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) has raised the alarm over the alleged abduction of their son by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) attached to the Lagos State Police Command.
According to Punch, Taofik had left his family residence located at Atiko Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, in the evening on July 23, 2018, but failed to return. A search party organized by his family and neighbours did not produce him either.
The family was said to have moved from one police station to another without finding the father of one.
Events took another turn when Taofik’s father, Mr Kabiru Badmos, was contacted by a SARS operative on Friday, July 27, 2018, informing them that Taofik was in SARS’ custody in Ikeja.
It was gathered that Taofik’s parents, in company with his wife, went to the command. They said efforts to see him proved abortive, while the crime he committed was not stated.
Commenting on the incident, Taofik’s father, Kabiru, said: “I was called on Friday and invited to the police command in Ikeja. When I got there with my wife, they were angry that I brought my wife along. They said I was the only one that was invited.
“We were delayed for a long time after which they produced a picture of him with a locally-made Dane gun. They did not explain how he was caught with the gun or where he was arrested. They whisked away this boy on Monday and did not deem it fit to contact us until Friday.”
Reacting to the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, said Taofik’s father was either lying or looking for a way to jeopardise police investigation into his son’s activities. “The man went to purchase a locally-made pistol and was requesting for cartridges to load the pistol. He arranged with the seller to bring the pistol for him at a hotel before he was apprehended by SARS operatives. He is already under investigation,” he said.
He added that: “The day his father came, he was told that his son was still undergoing investigation and at that stage, they did not want him to talk to anybody yet.
“SARS operatives also went out on that day for enquiry to see if they can locate other suspects associated with that crime. And they were given appointment to come back tomorrow (Monday) to see and hear from their son, and then we will take it from there.”
This development is coming just after the residents across parts of Lagos Mainland and other parts of the state have shared several reports of the harassments, extortion and brutalities of SARS operatives. This has further led to the viral trends on #ENDSars with social media users calling for a reform of the Police unit.