Another report has emerged concerning the 24-year old man, late Gabriel Faleye, who allegedly died in the custody of the MAN Centre Police Division, Ikeja, after he was arrested during a raid carried out in a nightclub on Oba Akran Road in Ikeja.
It was earlier reported 24-year old man, Gabriel Faleye, was arrested during a raid carried out in a nightclub on Oba Akran Road in Ikeja, Lagos State, by the MAN Centre Police Division, Ikeja.
The deceased and his friend Ibrahim Masaku had gone to the club, identified as Roya, on Sunday when a fight broke out between them and another group at about 2 am on Monday. The fight ensured when Gabriel was heading for his residence on Obafemi Awolowo Way, and one of the clubbers, reported to be drunk, urinated on him. One of the violent clubbers entered his car and deliberately ran into Gabriel, during which he sustained injuries.
It was reported that the policemen, who stormed the area afterwards, whisked late Gabriel Faleye and Ibrahim to the station despite entreaties that he should be taken to a hospital for treatment. The suspect reportedly died around 5 am.
The state police command had said Gabriel died in a hospital, where he was rushed to after he complained of pains. However, Punch reports that Mrs. Olatundun Masaku, who visited her son, Ibrahim (Gabriel’s friend) at the MAN Centre Police Division, says she saw his corpse inside the cell when she went to check her son who was arrested along with the deceased, but she was begged not to raise the alarm.
This is just as Gabriel’s mother, Mrs. Iqrat Faleye, debunked the police’s robbery allegation against her son, saying the report was a frame-up.
According to Mrs. Olatundun who spoke to Punch in Yoruba:
“I sell food beside Royale. Around 3am on Monday, I was informed that the police had arrested Ibrahim. Around 5 am, I went to the MAN Centre Division to see my son, but a policewoman told me to wait for the policeman handling the case. The policeman came around 6am and told me that Ibrahim fought with somebody in the club and stole an iphone, a necklace and a sum of N200,000. I told him that Ibrahim is troublesome, but he would not steal.
“The policewoman called me and said a boy who was arrested with Ibrahim had been groaning with pains and that I should help to locate his parents to come to the station and take him to a hospital. I begged her to let me see him and she agreed after I gave her N500.
“She followed me there. Gabriel and Ibrahim slept beside each other. I told Ibrahim to wake Gabriel up, but he didn’t wake up. He held him and stated that Gabriel had stopped breathing.
“The policewoman and I checked Gabriel and found out that Gabriel was indeed dead. The policewoman called her boss. They begged me not to tell anybody, but I informed his family.”
Mr. Rafiu, Ibrahim’s uncle, said he headed for the station immediately Olatunbosun broke the news together with some other family members, but the police refused to let him see the deceased or lead them to the hospital he was allegedly taken to.
Iqrat, the deceased’s mother, a physically challenged woman, described late Gabriel Faleye as an industrious boy whose death had dimmed her hope of regaining her sight. She said:
“My son spoke with me on the telephone on Sunday and he promised to visit me at Sango-Ota where I live the following day. He and his younger sister gained admission into higher institutions last year, but I did not have money to sponsor both of them at once.
“He said I should pay her sister’s school fee and promised to work for a year to raise money for his admission. He always assured me that I would see again with my blind right eye. My hope that I will see again is gone. My son was not a robber. He doesn’t steal, smoke or drink alcohol. The police implicated him to cover up their atrocity. They have not allowed us to see his corpse. We want to bury him.”
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Dolapo Badmos, maintained that late Gabriel Faleye died in a hospital, saying, the police acted on the matter within the ambit of the law.
“There was a distress call from the owner of the hotel and the police went there to arrest the deceased and his friend, who were accused of fighting with some people and stealing from them. According to the division, the suspect had complications and he was rushed to a hospital, where he died. His corpse will be released after autopsy.”