After the viral story of a Port Harcourt based man, Vaughn Itemuagbor, who was harassed and extorted by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in the state, SARS. The Police have invited him and according to new developments, the man has been refunded of the N150,000 that was taken from him by the officers.
Vaughn Itemuagbor, narrates to Gbenga Adeniji of The Punch how operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad allegedly manhandled and extorted N150,000 from him to secure his release after he was heavily tortured recently.
The man was invited by the Police on Thursday to have a deep discussion with him on the matter after he was asked to identify the men that allegedly harassed him.
According to his narration, he was able to identify the men and they were eventually detained by the Police Command and investigations on the matter have started.
“I went there with my lawyer and I narrated my story to him. He was in obvious shock and he immediately took me upstairs to the office of an assistant commissioner of police who in turn said he got a call from the state commissioner of police regarding my ordeal.
“They took the issue seriously. A call was put through to the office of the commander of the FSARS in Rivers State. He immediately ordered a senior officer to take us around the office complex and identify the officers. I was able to identify the officers with the help of a senior police officer.
“Though the officers denied the allegation by saying they had never met me before then, the commander immediately ordered that they be detained pending further investigations and disciplinary action.’’
Itemuagbor stated that the money was returned after he signed the necessary legal documents, noting that the SARS commander in the state personally apologised to him for what he went through.