The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Lawan Ado, has said that the four police officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS alleged to have sexually harassed a lady, Kachi Anifela Zion, along Pipeline Area
in Ilorin had been detained.
Zion had through her Instagram page [email protected] alleged that some SARS officers accosted her at ‘Pipeline Area’ in Ilorin at the weekend, accused her of prostitution and searched her. She specifically accused one of the officers of inserting his fingers into her private parts.
Ado, who responded through the command’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Ajayi Okasanmi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Ilorin on Tuesday said he was sad at the allegation.
Okasanmi confirmed that he had been in contact with the spokesperson of the Zone 2 Police Command, Dolapo Badmus. The Kwara PPRO said after he got information of the allegation through the social media, the CP directed that Zion be invited to the command to shed more light into her allegation.
He stated that the lady honoured the invitation on Tuesday morning and had made the useful statement. Okasanmi said further that the four SARS officers were also invited for interrogation. He stated that they denied involvement in the allegation, adding that they had been detained.
According to him, regardless of their denial, the command was still investigating them and will punish them according to the law, if it was proved that they were guilty. He added that they would, however, be
released, if they are innocent.
Ajayi said, “I got in contact with the lady (Zion) so I invited her to the office and my CP was very unhappy about the incident if it was proved to be true. The lady was with us this morning. We invited the SARS officials that were operating on the road. The team denied the allegation but we are investigating the matter. The lady was well satisfied with the action we have taken so far.
“We will get to the root of the matter. If actually, the police officers who the allegation was levied against committed the offence, they will be dealt with in accordance with the law. The telephone number of CP and my telephone number are all over the place.
We asked the lady rather than t going to the social media. why she did not make effort to come to the police station and report that we would have met the (SARS officers) on that particular route as they would not have run away and would not have predicted the action the police would have taken “We are looking into it and we are investigating it. All the members
All the members of the team (SARS) though they denied the allegation, we are still investigating them. The four SARS officers on duty that they lady alleged to have harassed her sexually are now in detention. Though they denied any involvement, we are investigating. The lady was satisfied with the action we have taken so far. If at the end of the
day, they are discovered not to have committed the offence, they will be set free.”