Okada Rider Allegedly Tortured To Death By SWAT

By: Godwin Offor / May 3, 2022 / 1026

A commercial motorcyclist identified as Abiodun Oladele, has allegedly being tortured to death by officers of the Ogun State Police Command.

According to Daily Post the 39-year-old victim was arrested after a protest which occurred at Itori, Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun.

The protest was due to the death of a commercial motorcyclist which was caused by a vehicle belonging to a suspected smuggler.

In a bid to calm the situation, the Ogun State Police had interfered in the riot and arrested some suspects connected to the protest.

It was learnt that Oladele, a father of three, was one of those apprehended at Itori by the police.

He was detained alongside others in the custody of SWAT at Magbon, Abeokuta, where he was allegedly tortured to death.

Omolekan Olugbenga, a family member of the deceased said family members had visited Magbon on April 4 to see the suspect but were denied access to him.

When they decided to visit the station again on April 7 they were told by the SWAT Commander, Kalejaiye Olarewaju, that Oladele had died.

He said: “We were shocked. The next time I went there, the Area Commander inquired how many of us came from the family? I told them we were about eight including a lawyer. He asked me to enter with one or two people.

“When we entered with my elder sister, he said ‘the boy got ill, they took him to the Federal Medical Centre for treatment, but we have lost him.’

“Then, he said we should make arrangements on how to conduct an autopsy so that we can carry the corpse. But I told him I won’t be able to carry the corpse because such a duty is beyond me, we have other family members at home.

“When I returned to Itori, I saw other guys with whom my brother was arrested. They told me he did not fall sick. They said the operatives beat him, handcuffed him and left him in pain.

“He was bleeding through the nose. They said when the pain was too much, they called the police but they failed to respond. They said around 5am, my brother had fainted. The police later came to carry him. Those guys said they did not know where they took him to. I did not see his corpse, but it is in their custody.”

When the Ogun SWAT Commander, Kalejaiye was contacted by the publication he said he was not allowed to speak on such issues.

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