A petitioner on the Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police brutality has narrated how officers of the now-disbanded Particular Anti-Theft Squad demanded the sum of N1.5m to safe his launch from detention in 2016.
Alhaji Adanku Oyinlola, the Baale of Olobedu group of Ota Efun space, Osogbo, who spoke throughout the sitting of the panel, on Thursday, claimed that he was arrested at his residence, with none notification of his offence.
Adanku defined that he suffered inhumane remedies within the arms of the law enforcement officials who moved him from one division to a different intra-state, inter-state and inter-region.
He recounted how the law enforcement officials who moved him in a white Hummer bus, had hand-cuffed him, veiled his face and extinguished cigarette butts on his head.
He additional recounted how he was moved to Abuja (Space 3, Abbattoir) and the division demanded the sum of One Million 5 Hundred Naira (N 1,500,000) to course of his bail.
He stated as a result of he couldn’t afford the demand, he was compelled to offer a directive for the sale of his sister’s plot of land for the sum of N 700,000 which he used for settlement.
Corroborating Adanku’s story, Busari Quadri Adetunji, one of many witnesses (PW3), stated Adanku was initially arrested and brought to Zone 11 in Osogbo.
In line with him: “After we acquired to Zone 11, we met Superintendent Omoyele, who informed us that they’d an order from Abuja to arrest Alhaji Adanku, though he claimed that his offences had not been ascertained. The opposite folks we spoke with, together with CSP Adesokan, stated they didn’t know what the case was about.
“After about 4 days of repeated visits, Superintendent Omoyeley ultimately claimed it was a homicide case and that we might settle it on the Zonal stage with N 600,000, however we have been solely capable of increase N 200,000.
“After receiving the cash from us, he stated that we should always come the next day by 10:00am, in order that the matter might be resolved with the workforce from Abuja. We appeared as agreed some minutes earlier than the desired time, with the Ataoja of Osogbo (who we had volunteered to assist us wade into the matter), however we have been informed that the Abuja workforce already left with Alhaji Adanku”, Busari said.
He added that after the petitioner was taken to Abuja, he went to Abuja (within the firm of different group representatives), to the Space 3 workplace (Abbattoir) the place he met one Inspector Muyiwa who stated the matter might be settled out of court docket upon the cost of the sum of N 1,500,000.
He continued: “Inspector Muyiwa informed us that the requested sum was not the bail however a price required to course of his launch. We gave him N 300,000 that day, and he requested us to come back again in six days with the steadiness. After six days, we returned with N 400,000 and it took the plea of 1 Superintendent Balogun for the cash to be obtained from us.
“We have been thereafter given a bail kind to fill and requested to reappear with Alhaji Adanku in eight days with the steadiness of N 800,000. We didn’t return after eight-day, fairly, Alhaji went to court docket to file for illegal detention and abuse of basic human rights.
“The officers didn’t seem earlier than the court docket. Judgment was ultimately given in his favour and he was awarded the sum of N 100,000 (though he made claims for the sum of N 10,000,000)”, Busari added.
In the meantime, the Judicial Panel of Inquiry has requested Inspector Muyiwa and Superintendent Omoyele to look earlier than the Panel on the following adjourned date, being Thursday 18th February 2021.
The Petitioner, Adanku, has additionally expressed his confidence within the actions of the Panel, stating that though the decision of the court docket was but to be enforced until the time of his look earlier than the panel, the processes of the Panel provides him confidence that the matter will obtain the deserved consideration.