A group of policemen have brutally tortured a mason identified as Adeshina Adewuyi to death after raiding the community in Itoki, Ogun State.
According to Punch, the policemen, numbering about seven and attached to the Agbado division, picked up the deceased around 4pm on Saturday and ordered him to enter a bus they brought to the area.
The 45-year-old man refused demanding to know his offence. When he suspected foul play, he reportedly fled but was chased and arrested. He was beaten up, bundled inside the bus and whisked away.
He was later released around 7am with injuries on his back. He later died. Speaking about the incident, one of the children of the deceased, 10-year-old Jonathan Adewuyi, who spoke in Yoruba, said one of the policemen hit his father’s head with the butt of his gun.
He said, “I am an apprentice at an auto spare parts shop beside our house. On Saturday, some policemen came to collect money from my boss, but he said he did not have any. My father wanted to cross to the other side of the road, but they stopped him. He fled, but one of them chased him with a motorcycle while others followed.
“They caught him and hit his head with the butts of their guns. He shouted for help, but nobody answered. The policemen dragged him inside their bus. I can identify two of them.”
Also calling for justice to be done in his husband’s murder, wife of the deceased, Mrs. Turanyo Adewuyi, said the policemen gave her husband N500 to buy food and find his way back home from the station after torturing him. She demanded that the erring cops be brought to book.
She said, “My husband was a bricklayer (mason) and farmer. He was going to those working with him in a building opposite our house when the policemen arrested him. They did not find anything incriminating on him. He came back around 7pm, complaining of pains and headache. We bought paracetamol for him, but he vomited it. He died around 12am.
“The policemen that killed my husband must be punished. We have six children and the burden of their upkeep is now solely on me.”
The Ogun State Police spokesperson, DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, said the state Commissioner of Police , Abdulmajid Ali, had waded into the matter, noting that the policemen would face the weight of the law if found culpable.
He said, “A family alleged that some policemen from the Agbado division tortured their relative to death. The DPO called for an identification parade and the deceased’s son, who witnessed the incident, identified two policemen. However, the policemen denied the allegation.
“The CP ordered that they should be transferred to the state command, Eleweran, tomorrow (Tuesday) for discreet investigation.
“If the policemen are found culpable, they will face the music because nobody sent them to torture anybody.”