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The first witness at a Lagos inquiry into police brutality, Okoye Agu has described how he was tortured and had teeth extracted by members of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Agu said he was detained after his boss accused him of stealing from work.
The inquiry in Lagos state was formed in the wake of nationwide protests calling for an end to SARS.
Tthe panel was set up to look into the shooting at protests last week including Lekki toll gate where soldiers were reported to have shot the peaceful protesters .
In his testimony, Mr Agu said that in 2014 he was beaten, paraded in public as a criminal, suspended upside down and had two of his teeth pulled out.
He added that his car and mobile phones were sold without his permission by SARS officers.
He told the panel which is being led by a retired judge that the police have refused to pay him compensation despite a court orde .
He said his family did not know where he was and when they arrived at the police station after 47 days of searching for him, his wife and mother were also beaten in front of him.
Mr Agu’s experiences echoed other accusations levelled against SARS officers, who have been said to have harassed, beaten and sometimes killed many people.
The three other cases scheduled to be heard on Tuesday had to be adjourned as some of the relevant witnesses were not available.
The alleged abuses of the disbanded police unit triggered mass protests across Nigeria that were organised under the hashtag #EndSARS.
Independent investigations into police abuses were a core demand of the protesters who rallied across the country for more than two weeks.
The federal government has asked each of the country’s 36 states to set up an inquiry and Tuesday’s hearing in Lagos state was the first one in the country.
The 11-member panel, which includes two representatives from the protesters, will sit for next six months:
Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced that the scope of the panel had been expanded to include events at the Lekki toll gate on 20 October when witnesses and groups such as Amnesty International said soldiers opened fire at protesters, killing some.
The military has denied involvement in the shooting.