A Nigerian man identified as Osaretin Erins has taken to his Instagram page to narrate how officials of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos arrested and forced him and his friends to pay 500k ransom.
According to him, himself and some of his friends were illegally arrested along the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway by the officers.
He stated they were all forcefully taken into a bus which was stationed in front of a store that was identified as Jendol Supermarket.
After the arrest, he revealed the officers took their phones, and also took them to an ATM centre while forceing them to collectively pay a ransom of N500k.
The angered man explained further that the SARS officers labelled them as cultists and fraudsters, and also deprived them from contacting family members.
This comes a few hours after Nigerian popular rapper, Ikechukwu was kidnapped by some men of the SARS Operatives.
Read his full post below:
My name is osaretin Erins FSARS arrested me & my friend around pass 10pm at university of suya in front of jendol supermarket along Lagos Abeokuta expressway, as we entered the vehicle about 8 heavily armed men came out of a danfo bus with assault rifle and started to harass us and forcefully dragged my friend into their bus stationed in front of the supermarket making passers by to run for fear of been arrested too..collecting our phones they took us to an ATM and forced us under duress to pay a ransom of 500thousand naira, after much pleading I realized 2 of the officers where from my state, which is Edo state I pleaded with them but they put on deaf ears and insisted we follow them to alagbon that we are cultist and fraudsters depriving me the access to contact my family for assistance..
After much interrogation they took me to an FCMB atm which I was forced to empty my account balance, this is Nigeria where police has turned to midnight thieves.. it’s really heart breaking considering the fact that we are law abiding citizens.. Nigeria is heading towards a state of anarchy and turmoil if all this continues by FSARS and police.. I am really heart broken, please use this medium to share this till it gets to the authority above.. The FSARS are from area M in idimu.
He shared the screenshots of the money collected from him and his friends as follows: