In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 25th, October, 2020

How SARS Males Detained And Made Me Miss Examination

How SARS Men Detained And Made Me Miss Exam

Mayokun Olayiwola

Mayokun Olayiwola

On this interview with The PUNCH, a final-year scholar of the Obafemi Awolowo College talks concerning the expertise he had with SARS males.

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Mayokun Olayiwola, a final-year scholar of Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile Ife, Osun State, tells BOLA BAMIGBOLA about his expertise with officers of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad

Can you inform us about your encounter with SARS?

I am Olayiwola Mayokun, a scholar of Philosophy at Obafemi Awolowo College, Ile Ife. I’m already in my final-year and I ought to have left college, however for the closure occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the strike by the Educational Employees Union of Universities. I’ve had many encounters with the state and federal SARS previously. The final one I had occurred in Ife a couple of years in the past. It was very pathetic. They arrested me for no justifiable cause and saved me in a cell in a single day. They made me miss my examination.

How did it occur?

I was going to highschool that afternoon to put in writing an examination. I used to be strolling alongside Aserifa street in the direction of the campus gate once they accosted me. They have been about 4 on the checkpoint they usually requested for my cellphone. I informed them the cellphone was not with me as a result of I used to be going to highschool to write an examination. We don’t go into the examination corridor with any devices. After listening to my explanations, they stated I regarded like a dangerous boy. That sounded very humorous initially, as a result of I assumed one among them that stated that was merely joking with me. I used to be even laughing.

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The chief of the workforce gave me a scorching slap and ordered me to enter their van. They stated I ought to take them to my home however I refused. Doing that wouldn’t permit me to satisfy up with my 4pm examination. I used to be scared as a result of lacking the examination may result in an additional 12 months for me. They finally drove me to Moore police station in Ile Ife. I used to be detained within the cell until the next morning. I couldn’t write the examination that day. It was a computer-based check. I’ve names of people who arrested me and I can nonetheless recognise them.

What occurred throughout your detention?

 I was compelled to put in writing a press release claiming that I used to be in possession of Indian hemp. I used to be allowed to name my dad and mom and couldn’t imagine it once they talked my dad and mom into shopping for their story that I used to be in possession of weed. That basically saddened me. My dad and mom have been made to pay N30,000 for my bail. The man that compelled me to put in writing a press release was not even there on the level of my arrest.

Who have been people who arrested you on that exact day?

They have been SARS males, although they weren’t sporting any uniform they usually didn’t include a police van. Through the interval, SARS males often transfer in a wine Toyota Corolla automobile and a black van. Each scholar in Ife is aware of these autos. If you happen to come throughout them, you have to flee as a result of they symbolise hazard.

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What did you do after you have been launched?

I met the girl answerable for the examination and I narrated my ordeal to her. I used to be later allowed to put in writing the examination. This isn’t all about me. Lots of my buddies, members of the family, family members and different individuals at totally different instances had encounters with SARS males that led to unhappy experiences.

How did you deal with the trauma after you regained freedom?

The trauma was initially a lot. It was very critical. However I needed to transfer on after the entire saga.

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Supply: The PUNCH

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