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Oyo NUJ calls for justice for man who died in police custody

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council has demanded justice for late Kehinde Omotosho who died in police custody lately.

DAILY POST remembers that Omotosho had final month died in police custody in Ibadan, the state capital after spending 5 days in custody.

NUJ whereas reacting, demanded justice for late Omotosho and one other suspect, Mr. Jelili Rasaq, who was arrested in lieu of a prison suspect referred to as Kabiru.

Our correspondent gathered that the duo have been on Friday 17th July, arrested and detained until Wednesday July 22nd in lieu of one other suspect, Kabiru throughout which Omotosho allegedly died in a mysterious method within the palms of anti-cultism unit of the Oyo State Felony Investigation Division.

NUJ in a press release by its Chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Comrade Sola Oladapo decried the unwell therapy and flagrant violation of the rights of the affected residents.

The duo regretted that the alleged human proper violation of the duo got here six weeks after the CP learn the riot act to his males towards tramping on elementary rights of residents.

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NUJ alleged that from the second of their arrest and till the loss of life of the deceased, the officers of the Anti-Cultism Unit prevented the deceased’s and Mr. Jelili Razaq’s members of the family from visiting them or offering them with meals.

The union argued that previous to his illegal arrest, detention and loss of life, the deceased had no underlying medical ailment.

NUJ stated, “After breaking down the door of Mr. Omotosho (now deceased), the law enforcement officials demanded to see one Mr. Kabiru who, about 5 months previous to that point, had moved to a different condo in a special neighborhood.

“Upon realizing that their prime suspect, Mr. Kabiru, now not resided within the condo, the law enforcement officials arrested the 2 occupants of the home – Mr. Omotosho (now deceased) and one Mr. Jelili Razaq – in lieu of the suspect.

“On the level of arrest, each Mr. Omotosho and Mr. Jelili Razaq requested to know the crime for which they have been being arrested however as an alternative, the law enforcement officials gun-whipped them with their weapons a number of occasions. Thereafter, the law enforcement officials from the Agugu Police Division (led by SOJ) returned to the Agugu Station whereas officers from the Anti-Cultism Unit proceeded with each the deceased and Mr. Jelili Razaq to the State CID. They have been thereafter locked within the cell, alongside about 130 (One Hundred and Thirty) inmates. This was round 1:20am on Friday, 17th July 2020.

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“On Monday, 20th July 2020, the deceased and Mr. Jelili Razaq have been introduced earlier than the Officer-in-Cost of the Anti-Cultism Unit for interview. In the midst of the interview, the OC demanded that each the deceased and Mr. Jelili Razaq produce their prime suspect, Mr. Kabiru, earlier than they may very well be launched.

“Nonetheless, each the deceased and Mr. Jelili Razaq knowledgeable the OC that they have been all co-tenants, and that Mr. Kabiru had relocated to a different place and didn’t inform them of his new location. Nonetheless, the OC insisted that their launch can be consequent upon their manufacturing of Mr. Kabiru. They have been, thereafter, returned to the cell.

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“It was on the level of this interview that the police knowledgeable the deceased and Mr. Jelili Razaq that the prime suspect, Mr. Kabiru, was concerned in a combat, which led to the loss of life of an individual. There was nevertheless no suspicion or allegation that both the deceased or Mr. Jelili Razaq have been concerned within the stated combat or dedicated any crime by any means.

“The next day, on 21st July at about 5am, Mr. Kehinde Omotosho, died in police custody. Previous to his loss of life, the deceased spent 5 days in detention whereas Mr. Jelili Razaq spent 6 days earlier than being launched on bail, each with none investigation, cheap suspicion of crime, or arraignment.

“From the second of their arrest and till the loss of life of the deceased, the officers of the Anti-Cultism Unit prevented the deceased’s and Mr. Jelili Razaq’s members of the family from visiting them or offering them with meals. Previous to his illegal arrest, detention and loss of life, the deceased had no underlying medical ailment”.

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