A Nigerian named Mr. Boyo Adesina has accused the Nigerian police of allegedly torturing Olaoluwa Bolarinwa, his brother, who was under police custody to death.
The accused police officers were said to be those attached to the Inspector General of Police Tactical Squad in Itele, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun State.
Mr. Boyo Adesina appeared on Thursday before the Ogun Judicial Panel of Investigation set up by Governor Dapo Abiodun as demanded by the #End SARS protesters.
The Lagos state resident told the Judicial panel that his brother was arrested on March 29, 2020, in Ibadan by some Inspector General of Police tactical squad.
In Olaoluwa’s words, he was initially detained for a night at Mokola Police Station in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
After that, he continued his explanation that his brother was taken away to an unknown destination, which he said put their family in trouble as they moved from one police station to another to know their brother’s whereabouts.
“I was told he was moved from Mokola to Ayobo in Lagos State. Getting to Ayobo police station, they checked the incident register but couldn’t find him. I went back to Mokola, and I was told that it was written in the incident register that he had been transferred to Obada in Abeokuta, Ogun State. He was transferred by a policeman nicknamed ‘Ijoba System,'” Adesina stated.
Boyo said he also visited the police station at Obada but could not find his late brother.
It was learned that Adesina got the said Ijoba System’s phone number from one Oreoluwa Abiona, who was also arrested the same day Olaolauwa was arrested.
According to the petitioner, the police officer, who he described as the IPO of the case, told him on the phone that Olaolauwa did not commit any crime.
He narrated that the officer said the tactical squad was only using the deceased to track a suspect known as Bosun, hoping that he would be released soon.
The man recalled how he traveled from Lagos to Ogun on several occasions to see his brother, but without success.
“We went to Ayobo again, and an officer told us to go to Itele. I narrated my story to someone we met there. They brought out their incident register, and the police officer told us that there was no record of Olaoluwa.
“Later, we were told that he had been moved to Abuja, that we should go home; that was in the first week of April 2020. They said they would call us after the COVID-19 lockdown to come over to Abuja.
“When I didn’t hear from them, I went to Itele again, and I saw the head of the tactical squad, one Toyin Omosebi, who said she had been sick and didn’t know much about the case,” the panel was told.
The bereaved brother said he called the police officer known as Ijoba System on the phone again and narrated his ordeals.
This time, he said the policeman asked him to return to Itele the following day.
“I called Ijoba System over the phone again; I prayed and begged him to tell me where my brother was. He told me to return to Itele the following day.
“When I went there, the officers spoke to Ijoba System on the phone. They brought out the incident register, and I saw Olaoluwa’s name.
“Thereafter, I met Toyin Owosebi. She asked me if Olaoluwa had been sick before, I said no. She said my brother was an armed robber, I said it was not possible. Then, she told me my brother died three days after he was arrested.
“I said it wasn’t true because Olaolauwa spoke with his wife three weeks after his arrest. Later, I asked for the body of Olaoluwa, but the woman police officer said he was an armed robber, so they could not release the corpse to the family.
“I know they tortured my brother to death inside the cell. This is unfair. My brother left behind a wife and three children. An aged mother also survives through him. Who will cater for them?” the petitioner lamented.
He appealed to the panel to ensure his brother’s corpse release while also asking that the policemen involved in the case be prosecuted.
“Above all, I want compensation for the survivors of my brother. His wife, kids, and mother are now living in poverty. He was their breadwinner. We need justice. This matter must not be swept under the carpet,” he told DAILY POST in an interview.
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