A trader, Kehinde Omotosho, who was arrested for an offence allegedly committed by his nephew, Kabiru Rasaq, has died in the custody of the police in Oyo State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that policemen from the State Criminal Investigation Department and Agugu Police Station stormed the residence of the deceased on Ifedapo Street in the Alajameta area of Ibadan on July 16, 2020.
The officers claimed that they were looking for the victim’s nephew, who was alleged to have been involved in a fracas.
Upon discovering that the suspect was not around, the cops reportedly arrested Omotosho and the suspect’s younger brother, Jelili Rasaq.
They were taken to the Agugu Police Station and later transferred to the State CID office at Iyaganku.
Seven days after the arrest, Kehinde reportedly died in detention, as efforts by his family to see him were frustrated by the police.
Jelili, who was released on Wednesday, told PUNCH Metro that more than 100 suspects were locked up with them in the cell.
He said, “The police invaded our street last Thursday around 1am and started shooting continuously, which created panic because we thought that they were armed robbers.
“When they got to our doorstep and asked us to open the door, we were scared. But when they said they were policemen, we opened. They rushed in and asked where Kabiru was. We told them that he was not around. They searched everywhere and when they did not see him, they took us away.
“They went round to arrest some other people in their houses and took all of us to the Agugu Police Station. They later transferred us to the state CID that night.
“Our family members did not know our whereabouts. We were taken to see the Officer-in-Charge on Monday. He asked us if we knew Kabiru and the deceased told them that he would produce him. The OC took us to another senior officer and told him that the deceased said he would produce Kabiru. The senior officer ordered that our bail should be prepared and that our family members should be contacted.
“When we got back to our cell, I noticed that the deceased became incoherent and was not breathing well. I notified the police, but he died before he was rushed to the hospital.
“He was not sick before we got into the cell. There were over 100 people in the cell with us; I think he could not cope with the condition of the place.”
Source: Oluwatosin Omojuyigbe..The Punch