A 70year old man Chief Clement Garuba, 70, from Ekpesa Community, in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo State, on Thursday recalled how he his sight to police teargas during the recent #EndSARS protest.
Chief Garuba, was testifying before the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses, and said the incident happened when the police teargassed a meeting he was part of in the community and since that day, he has remained blind.
“When we were discussing village matter, with the youth, the elders, suddenly, police just came into the meeting, shot teargas into my eyes.
“The police did not only teargas me, he took me and my fellow chiefs to the station and detained us for three days”, he said.
He said because of visual impairment he has since lost everything including his farm and that he is finding it difficult to cope with life.
“Before the incident, I was seeing with my two eyes, going to the farm and taking care of my nine children and my wife but now, I can’t. I am suffering deeply.
“The farm I cultivated before the police blinded me with their teargas, I couldn’t harvest them, they were left at the mercies of thieves”, he narrated.
He said he decided to approach the panel for compensation and for it to invite the said police officers who detained him and his fellow chiefs, made him go blind to come face the full wrath of the law.