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One Ayodele Mayowa, a petitioner who appeared before the Ogun state judicial panel of investigation said has become jobless after his unlawful detention by men of the Nigerian Police Force.
Mr. Ayodele narrated how he was unlawfully detained and wrongfully charged for a crime he did not commit because he demanded for fare from policemen who chartered his vehicle.
His vehicle was chartered on March 7, 2018 by four men in police uniform in the Sagamu area of the state but instead of paying for the ride, he was detained in a cell at the Motor Traffic Division (MTD) in Sagamu, where he spent 16 days.
“On the 7th of March, 2018, four police officers on Uniforms at Motor Traffic Division MTD sagamu charted my car, a Toyota Camry and told me to take them to Magoro and then back to Sagamu.
“After the ride, I requested for my money, N4,500 which they didn’t give me, later their boss at the station told the police officers to call me and immediately I was locked up in the cell, where I spent 16 days and later taken to Oba prison where I spent 7months.
“I was later taken to the Federal High Court, Oke mosan alongside 10 others.We were charged for pipeline vandalism but because they didn’t have a point, the court discharged 9 of us.”
He explained further that after he left prison, he tried to recover his vehicle at the Motor Traffic Division in Sagamu he was detained again.
“I went back to request for my car. I met another boss, Adetara and I explained myself to him, immediately, he ordered that I should be locked up again.
“He said I had the effrontery to come ask for my car. I spent 4 days but on the fourth day my lawyer bailed me.
Ayodele told the panel that he purchased the vehicle in installment for a sum of One million, one hundred and fifty thousand naira, and that he was yet to conclude the payment.
He pleaded with the panel to help ensure that his car is released, and that he is compensated for his losses.
“Ever since that incident happened, I have been jobless, and my wife has left me because I couldn’t provide money.”