The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, has narrated that he was once a victim of harassment by suspected operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Hamzat shared his experience while addressing #EndSARS protesters at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday.
The protesters had kept vigil at the Assembly’s entrance on Thursday, insisting the FSARS should be disbanded.
While appealing to the protesters to be orderly, the deputy governor said they had the right to be “upset” with alleged extortion and brutality by suspected FSARS operatives.
He said, “Every decent Nigerian will be upset.
“This happened to me four years ago, I was going to Abule Odofin they were not in uniform they have guns and they just double-crossed us, of course, I was scared because if they were police wearing uniform I won’t be scared and they harassed us.”
In a series of tweets after addressing the protesters, Hamzat added, “Today, I addressed those protesting against the brutality of some men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit at Alausa Ikeja.
“The Governor’s position is clear. LASG would not condone brutality and violation of citizens’ rights by security operatives.
“Security operatives cannot trample on the rights of law-abiding citizens because they are carrying laptops or iPhones. It is wrong for any officer to expressly pronounce someone, irrespective of age, guilty because they have locs or ride luxury vehicles.