In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 22nd, June, 2020

Household Of Man Who Died In Detention Demand Solutions From The Nigerian Police

Family Of Man Who Died In Detention Demand Answers From The Nigerian Police


Godwin Chukwudi Julius Akano

The household of a person named Godwin Chukwudi Julius Akano, 48, who died whereas in police detention, are asking for solutions from the police.

The late Julius, an importer of products from Europe, was arrested on Could 22 for alleged complicity in a case of fraud with one Obinali Osunwoke. He was arrested alongside his spouse, Ogochukwu, however she was later launched within the night of the identical day.

Julius died in police custody on Saturday June 6.

His household are actually asking for an evidence from the State Prison Intelligence Investigation Division, SCIID, Panti.

The spokesman for the household, Mr Nnamdi Akano, mentioned the late Julius, regardless of apparent indicators of significant sickness and complaints, was denied medical assist till it was too late.

Akano mentioned: “He must have been given or allowed medical assist after which face no matter prices the police have in opposition to him. He was an importer, a breadwinner for his household with a spouse and 4 youngsters that are actually left to bemoan the crude destiny that befell them and a future with out their beloved father.”

Obinali Osunwoke, who was in custody with Julius and watched the ill-fated drama unfold, mentioned: “I used to be arrested a day after my brother, Julius, and I used to be with him all through his detention till he died.

“I used to be picked up on Saturday, Could 23. From the primary day, we have been arrested and our folks got here to bail us, the police refused to grant us bail.

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“The case was instantly beneath ASP Oketunji. My folks went and requested bail for us whereas the police continued with their investigations. He refused, so that they approached Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Longe, who’s the pinnacle of Panti Unit.

“Once they met the girl, she mentioned she couldn’t do something and that the police must be allowed to do their work. That was how we have been detained.”

Osunwoke mentioned they have been stored in a crowded cell and it was not conducive for Julius’ well being.

He mentioned: “My brother had been complaining of not being sturdy to our Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Mr Adebowale.

“To be sincere with you right here, the IPO, as a human being, was excellent to us. He did every thing he might. After we talked about medication, as a result of Julius was hypertensive, the IPO will go and convey them.”

Julius’ household alleged that the deceased was denied medical consideration whereas within the detention regardless of the recommendation of two police medical doctors.

In keeping with Osunwoke, medical personnel on the Police Clinic really helpful that Julius must be launched, but he was not till he died at Yaba Army Hospital.

Osunwoke recalled: “After we received there, it took about one hour to get his particulars. It was not handled as an emergency. This was between 10:30 am and 11:00 am.

“My brother was respiration with problem and sweating profusely. They went and introduced an oxygen tank, and put an oxygen masks on his nostril. He took a deep breath, slumped, and died. The physician tried to resuscitate him, however later was saying there was no life.

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“After a while, they got here once more eliminated the face masks and introduced one thing like cotton wool, opened his mouth, they pushed the lengthy factor and introduced it out. Additionally they requested me to open his nostril. I advised them that no person ought to come and inform me that he’s COVID-19 optimistic, he isn’t.”

Reacting, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr Elkanah Bala, mentioned Julius was detained on courtroom order for his complicity in a fraudulent transaction, however he took ailing and died. He added that the suspect didn’t die in police cell however within the Covid-19 isolation centre at Yaba.

“From the temporary I received, he was detained on a courtroom order on the allegations of utilizing federal authorities paperwork to defraud a world organisation.

“They have been two suspects arrested for worldwide fraud, working into a number of tens of millions. They have been charged to the courtroom for fraud. However the courtroom remanded them in police custody as a result of the Correctional Centres don’t settle for inmates. So the burden was on us to maintain the suspects.

“Alongside the road, one in all them, Julius developed some signs, the police rushed him to police hospital Falomo, the place he was referred to Isolation centre, Yaba, the place he died. Due to his loss of life, we granted the second suspect bail to enter isolation in order that he is not going to infect different suspects in our cell. The signs is that of COVID-19”.

However the household’s spokesperson, Akano is asking why the police waited till it was too late to get Julius medical assist.

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He mentioned: “My brother was traced by the police and arrested on Could 22. He was accused of fraud/forgery with one Obinali Osuwoke.  When he was arrested and interrogated by the police over a certain quantity in his account, he defined to them that  it was a pal’s cash. He subsequently took them to the particular person  by means of which the cash got here into his account (Obinali Osunwoke).

“When he received to the police and defined the entire scenario the pinnacle of Panti, Mrs. Yetunde O. Longe, a deputy commissioner of police, wished to launch him on bail in order that he might come every time he was wanted. However  her deputy,  Mr. Oketunji, an assistant commissioner of police, refused saying that granting him  bail would  jeopardize the investigation. Consequently, the late Godwin Julius was detained.

“As a household, we’re bitter and we’re calling for an investigation. Why did the police refuse  medical doctors’ recommendation to take our brother for correct remedy till he  collapsed and consequently died.”

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