I was forced to remove my bra, says lady who took video of police shooting protesters

Twenty seven-year-old Felicia Okpara, one of the ladies seen on a video that went viral being dragged into Barracks Police station on Friday narrated her ordeal before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) related Abuses and other Matters.

Led by her lawyer, Ridwan Oke, she testified she was beaten and made to remove her bra in their presence.

The petitioner, who said she is an orphan, told the panel several police men and police women beat her after she was caught while trying to stream policemen from Area C, Barracks Police Station shooting into midst of #EndSARS protesters on her twitter handle.

After taking off my bra, one police man went inside and brought a broken mop stick and used it on a man that was also arrested.

“After beating him, he went out and came back with the same anger and started hitting me with the nozzle of a gun.

“I was scared that what if he pulls the trigger. I think he realised what he was doing and then stopped and started using the gun butt to beat me,” Okpara said.

She said the police took her money, damaged her phone and threatened to detain her at Panti, Kirikiri and Abuja.

She said the police didn’t allow her and the other lady that was arrested to make call to anybody.

Okpara said that when a police officer came to take her statement, she discovered he was an Igbo and spoke Igbo to him to see if he could be of help before he asked her to calm down.

She said: “They took us upstairs, and brought us back that was where I saw Desmond Elliot, there were so many lawyers around.

My head was bruised, my face was bruised, I saw some lawyers and Desmond Elliot, I saw someone from the government.

“Later Desmond said we were the two ladies whose video was trending on social media, that was when I knew he came for me”.

The mother of one said Desmond Elliot gave her N6,000 to go home around 10pm, after she was released.

“I was smelling, in fact stinking, I was traumatised, there was no vehicle, no cab,” she lamented.

Okpara said she was nearly raped when she approached a man to help him get transport to Ikorodu.

She said seeing her condition, the man invited her to come and sleep inside bus with him.

She said she later slept in an hotel in the area that night and went for treatment when she got to Ikorodu the next day.

Justice Doris Okuwobi admitted in evidence the photographs of her bruised body and face, medical report and damaged phone.

She adjourned the matter till December 4 for continuation of hearing.

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