In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 10th, July, 2020

Offa Financial institution Theft Suspect Narrates How Police Killed His Colleagues, Tortured Him In ‘Generator Home’

Offa Bank Robbery Suspect Narrates How Police Killed His Colleagues, Tortured Him In 'Generator House'

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Azeez Salawu, one of many suspects on April 5, 2018, Offa financial institution theft, yesterday advised the court docket in Ilorin, Kwara state, how six suspects have been killed in his presence by the policemen in Abuja, Vanguard experiences.

Azeez gave graphic particulars of how he was being tortured in “Generator home” at police headquarters in Abuja with tyre held on his neck and his two palms tied to the again, and his physique was hung inside two principal planks amid heavy beating earlier than they shot useless six individuals in his presence.

All of the accused; Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salahudeen Azeez, and Niyi Ogundiran have been current in court docket yesterday.

Salawu who denied the assertion credited to him stated that the policemen interrogating him did that purposely to coerce him to confess his alleged participation within the financial institution theft assaults in Offa, the place 18 individuals, together with policemen, have been reportedly killed.

That is at the same time as protection counsel, Mathias Emeribe, prayed the court docket to order the exhumation of the corpse of a principal suspect within the theft, Michael Adikwu, who allegedly died in police custody in Abuja as a way to affirm the reason for his loss of life.

This, he stated, is critical to find out whether or not the reason for Adikwu’s loss of life is pure or in any other case.

He stated that makes an attempt by the prosecution to impress it on the court docket that there are solely 5 suspects within the case quantity to suppression of details.

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Emeribe recalled that when the case first got here up in October 2018, six suspects have been listed on the cost sheet, together with Michael Adikwu, who the police later claimed to have died of their custody.

“Suppression of reality is a basic difficulty in legal legislation that shouldn’t be swept below carpet”
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Azeez salawu, the fourth defendant, on how police killed six individuals proper earlier than him throughout interrogation stated,”That very same day, Inspector Hassan directed officer Vincent to go and produce 5 individuals from someplace.

They requested me to look at what they’ll do to the 5 individuals and that they may do the identical for me if I don’t cooperate with them.

They shot useless the 5 individuals in my presence. In addition they shot Akinnibosun, Adeola, and Ogunleye on the legs in my presence. They threatened to kill me however I began begging that I didn’t do something incorrect.

“They stated I and Ogunleye robbed at Offa and I denied this however they insisted. They beat me mercilessly inside a generator home, in any other case referred to as theatre. It’s a lie that they interrogated me in a conducive surroundings.

“On the second day, I used to be introduced out once more from the cell. They confirmed a person to me and requested me whether or not I do know him. The person is Michael Adikwu. I stated I don’t know him. In addition they requested him whether or not he is aware of me however he replied no. They killed him in my presence.

“I pleaded with them to not kill me as a result of my youngsters are nonetheless younger. They tied me down and hanged me once more. I then requested them what they needed from me when the torture grew to become insufferable”, he stated.

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Salawu additional claimed that he was pressured to thumbprint an announcement already ready by the police towards his consent.

The prosecution counsel, Abdulwahab Egbewole (SAN), stated that contradictions within the dates when the suspects claimed they have been interrogated and the police information confirmed that they have been solely cooking up tales about their alleged torture and coercion.

He, subsequently, urged the court docket to confess the confessional statements by the suspects.

The choose, Justice Halimat Salman adjourned the case until July 22, when the primary trial will begin.

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