Aspiring musician and student of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Efosa Osayande, speaks on his recent encounter with some operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, in this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU
You made a social media post about your head being shaved by some FSARS operatives. Can you tell us how it happened?
I was travelling in a commercial bus, on my way to school from Benin City last Friday, when some men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad halted my journey. I was travelling in company with my friend, Washington. One of the policemen looked into the vehicle and stared at the passengers. Immediately the policeman spotted us, he said he must shave our heads. He ordered the bus driver to park on one side of the road.
What were the other passengers doing when this was happening?
Everyone was begging the policeman, but he did not listen. He raised his rifle, pointed it at us and threatened to shoot if we failed to keep quiet. He ordered Washington and I to get out of the vehicle and walk ahead of him.
The policeman told the driver to wait for us, promising that the shaving would be quick. As we were walking, another policeman told us to cross to the other side of the road and asked us to sit on the ground. He took a razor from a nearby tree and started to shave my friend’s head.
While this was going on, the bus driver walked up to a police patrol van and appealed to their leader to prevail on his men to stop. Although the latter asked his men to leave us alone, they refused. After shaving my friend’s head, they went on to shave mine, injuring my scalp in the process.
What kind of hairstyle did you have?
My hair was just a little rough, but my friend wore dreadlocks.
What was the reason they gave for shaving your head?
They didn’t give any reason. They just said they wanted to do it.