A team of policemen who raided a community in Itoki, Ogun State, has tortured a forty-five-year man, Adeshina Adewuyi to death.
The policemen who were said to be about seven in number and attached to the Agbado division, picked up their victim around 4pm on Saturday and commanded him to enter a bus they brought to the area. Adeshina, who is a mason, was reported to have refused to enter the bus, asking to be told his offence.
It was gathered that he took to his heels but was given a hot chased and arrested by the policemen who beat him up without mercy, bundled him inside the bus and carried him away. According to Punch, he was later released around 7am with injuries on his back.
It was alleged that Mr. Adeshina Adewuyi, a father of six children was given a drug which he vomited before he gave up the ghost.
Speaking to a correspondent of Punch in Yoruba, Jonathan Adewuyi, the 10-year-old son of the deceased disclosed that one of the policemen hit his father’s head with the butt of his gun. He said:
“I am an apprentice at an auto spare parts shop beside our house. On Saturday, some policemen came to collect money from my boss, but he said he did not have any. My father wanted to cross to the other side of the road, but they stopped him. He fled, but one of them chased him with a motorcycle while others followed.
“They caught him and hit his head with the butts of their guns. He shouted for help, but nobody answered. The policemen dragged him inside their bus. I can identify two of them.”
The widow of the deceased, Mrs. Turanyo Adewuyi, said the policemen released her husband after torturing him and gave him N500 to buy food and find his way back home from the station. She demanded justice.
“My husband was a bricklayer (mason) and farmer. He was going to those working with him in a building opposite our house when the policemen arrested him. They did not find anything incriminating on him. He came back around 7 pm, complaining of pains and headache. We bought paracetamol for him, but he vomited it. He died around 12 am.
“The policemen that killed my husband must be punished. We have six children and the burden of their upkeep is now solely on me.”
An auto-spare parts dealer, Donatus Obinna, who witnessed the incident confessed that the policemen truly came to collect money from Adeshina Adewuyi, adding that people around at the time were afraid to come to Adeshina’s aid.
A source at the police made it known to Punch that the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, lined up the team members and the son of the late Adeshina Adewuyi identified two of the cops manhandled his father. The source said:
“The DPO had warned us to desist from acts that could dent the image of the force. He called for an internal parade and lined up the policemen on duty that day before the deceased’s son. The two cops he identified have been disarmed and detained. They will be transferred to the command headquarters in Abeokuta.”
A resident, who identified himself only as Fisayo, said policemen had turned the community into a money-making venture, adding:
“We are afraid of policemen in this community. They come and arrest people indiscriminately to extort money from residents. There was a time I was arrested and had to part with N9,000 before I was released. The policemen responsible for Adeshina’s death must face the law.”
Spokesman for the Ogun State Police, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, revealed that the matter has already drawn the attention of the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, pointing out that if found guilty of the alleged crime, the policemen would face the full weight of the law.
“A family alleged that some policemen from the Agbado division tortured their relative to death. The DPO called for an identification parade and the deceased’s son, who witnessed the incident, identified two policemen. However, the policemen denied the allegation.
“The CP ordered that they should be transferred to the state command, Eleweran, tomorrow (Tuesday, May 3rd) for discreet investigation. If the policemen are found culpable, they will face the music because nobody sent them to torture anybody.”