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Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 23 November 2021


How #EndSARS protester was brutalised for testifying at Lagos panel

Kamsiyochukwu Ibe Kamsiyochukwu Ibe

An #EndSARS protester who testified before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Restitution for Victims of SARS-Related Abuses and other Matters, Kamsiyochukwu Ibe, has stated that she was severely attacked by hoodlums.

According to her, the hoodlums attacked her for testifying before the #EndSARS judicial panel.

Ibe narrated that she was at a bus stop, waiting for a vehicle home when the three hoodlums cut her legs and hands with sharp objects.

“Last night, I was attacked on my way back by three guys whom I thought were passersby. I was standing at the bus stop waiting for a vehicle only for one of them to shine light on my face and said, ‘Is this not the girl from the panel?’ ‘You are the one claiming you sabi pass, you no wan stop.’

“He said if they killed me, they wanted to see how I would continue to agitate for justice. I said I didn’t know what they were talking about. They started hitting me all over my body, cutting my hands and legs like I was a thief. I survived by the grace of God because I thought I would die at that bus stop. This was what they did to me,” she said amid tears.

Reacting to the attack, one of the panel members, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), said, “I have not committed any crime beyond joining other eminent Nigerians with unblemished integrity to accept the nomination of government on behalf of my constituency, the Nigerian Bar Association and the civil society, and indeed the masses of our people, for a national assignment.

“Two prominent lawyers of the government have openly incited opinions against me on national television, with mindless accusations. I have, however, refused to be intimidated or bend to the tactics of government to be silenced.

“I urge the good people of Nigeria, my professional colleagues in the Nigerian Bar Association, my comrades in the civil rights movement and the people of Nigeria, to hold the government responsible should anything happen to me.

“Just last night, one of the prominent #EndSARS protesters who testified before the panel, Miss Kamsiyochukwu Ibe, was attacked and dealt serious machete blows, in what was clearly an attempted murder, as reported by her counsel, with very disturbing photos.

“I heeded the clarion call to serve by the government with the honest belief that the panel was meant to say the truth and nothing but the truth, which is what we have done. It is left for government and Nigerians to do the needful with the report of the panel.”

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