An Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) attached to the Ogun State Police Command Headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, Mr. Salawu Kazeem and four others have allegedly tortured a 21-year old carpenter, Mr. Ganiyu Akinyemi, to death over the alleged stealing of three T shirts in Kazeem’s house.
Speaking to City Voice at his 84, Victor Fagbemi Street, Aboru residence, the guardian of the deceased, Alhaji M.O Ibraheem, explained how Kazeem and four others came to arrest his ward claiming that they were taking him to the nearest police station.
Ibraheem, a retired police officer, added that instead of taking the deceased to the police station, he was taken to Kazeem’s house at 5, Omifioye Avenue, Aboru where he was tortured. His legs were broken and he was also injured on the head.
He said that one of his sons called him at midnight that Gani had been rushed to General Hospital, Ile Epo for treatment but that he gave up the ghost before they reached the hospital where doctors later confirmed him dead.
Alhaji Ibrahim said that he reported the incident at Ile Epo Police station where they facilitated the arrest of ASP Kazeem and two others.
The case was later transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba for further investigation while the two remaining culprits are still at large.
He noted that the deceased was the culprits’ friend and was helping them to do carpentry work in their house.
He called on the government to bring the Police officer who killed his son to book.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has strongly condemned the alleged murder, warning law enforcement agents in the country to stop using their position to take law into their hands whenever any citizen offended them and any member
of their family.
The body stressed that it has become habitual of law enforcement agents to embark on self-judgment over any matter they are supposed to report to the appropriate quarters for necessary action within the ambit of the law.
Speaking with City Voice, Executive Chairman of the CHRSJ, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, maintained that the group would ensure that justice prevailed in the matter.
He said the Police was bound to ensure the arrest of anybody that perpetrate crime in line with the criminal code Laws of the Federation 2004.
While commending the Divisional Police Officer of Oke-Odo Police Station and his team for their prompt intervention into the matter, the CHRSJ chief advised the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the SCID to perform his duty with human face as public office should be seen as service to humanity.
According to him, “The treatment meted to our team at the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Panti, Yaba, during the cause of investigation to know the detail of what happened, is condemnable and unconstitutional because Freedom of Information Act gives the members of the rights group power to make inquiry on any matter of such in both private and public institutions of the country”.
Efforts to get the police side of the story proved abortive as none of them was willing to comment.
The Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Sergeant Babalola refused to respond to text messages sent to him after refusing to pick his calls.