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Solabomi shoaga & Judith omon
One Boyo Adeshina on Thursday November 19, pleaded before the Ogun state judicial panel of investigation for the release of his brother’s corpse whom he alleged to have been illegally arrested and killed in police custody.
Adesina made the plea when he appeared before the panel set up by the government to receive complaints and investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations by security operatives in the state.
Adesina narrated how his brother, Olaoluwa Bolarinwa alongside his nephew Oreoluwa Abiona, was arrested by policemen on 29th March, 2020, but while Oreoluwa was released after paying the sum of N10, 000, Olaoluwa was shuffled between different stations and eventually announce dead.
“I was on my way to Mokola Police Station Ibadan, when I was informed that he (Olaoluwa) has being moved to Ayobo Police Station in Lagos State, I went to the police station to inquire about Olaolu, there I was told they do not have such name in his incident book, then a police officer later advised me to go to Mokola Police Station and ask of him.
“On getting to Mokola Police Station, I got to know he was taken to Obada Police Station in Ogun state and I saw the name of the police officer that arrested him, he was called “Ijoba System.” The following week, I went to Obada, but I didn’t find him there.
“I got the number of Ijoba System from Oreoluwa the deceased’s brother and I called him to ask of Olaolu, he acknowledged that he knew Olaolu and that he didn’t have an offence against him but he is using Olaolu to track some people and as soon as he gets them, Olaolu will be released.”
Adesina said the family learnt from different police sources that Olaoluwa had been moved to Obalende Police station, then later Abuja. They were later told that Olaoluwa was an armed robber and had died in custody days after the arrest.
He told the panel that all that the family wants is the release of Olaoluwa’s corpse so that he may be given a proper burial.
He also pleaded that the family be compensated as the deceased left behind three children and a wife.