Chijioke: Dad swam in river of dead bodies to identify son – Lady
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force has been disbanded but the atrocities committed by its operatives live on.
One of such involved a 20-year-old man, Chijioke Iloanya, who was arrested by the infamous Awkuzu SARS and has not been found since 2012.
Recall that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State on Thursday affirmed the sack of CSP James Nwafor, his Senior Special Assistant on Security, who was Officer-in-Charge of SARS in the state when the atrocities in Awkuzu were allegedly perpetrated.
A lady recounted Chijioke Iloanya’s ordeal, including how his father swam in a river of dead bodies to identify his son.
The lady spoke at the candle night demonstration for fallen heroes of the #EndSARS protest in Abuja on Friday.
A video of her narration was shared on social media.
She said, “Chijioke was 20 years old in 2012. He went for child dedication and was picked up there and was allegedly taken to SARS office.
“When his family went to look for him, they were told he has been taken to the headquarters. When they got there, His mother spotted him being taken to the station and she said that is my child.
“The officer in charge of that station asked them to boot her and the family out of the premises. Since then they haven’t seen Chijioke.
“The next time they went, the officer boasted that he shot Chijioke and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Some other officers told the parents that it is possible ha hadn’t died that the man (officer in charge) could just be bluffing and that they should bring some money to bring him.
“The father brought some money and the officer said the money was too small. The father went, sold his land, sold some properties, raised N3 million, gave it to the man and the man said N3 million was ‘chicken change’.
“The most horrifying part of this story, that man CSP Nwafor, made Chijioke’s dad look for Chijioke’s body in the river of dead bodies; he made him turned every single corpse upside down searching for his son.
“I cannot imagine what that man was going through. One part of him would think let me find this body so that we can have closure. Another part of him would think let me not find this body so that we can have hope.
“This is the impunity of which officers have treated us. They came to Abuja to seek justice. The State CID told them they will have to pay money to transport others down to the state where it happened to investigate. We have no system. We cannot get tired.”
— Akpraise (@AkpraiseMedia) October 16, 2020