Another case of extreme police brutality has been brought to the fore after officers of Nigerian Police Force in Iwo, Osun state, allegedly beat a young man to death for allegedly stealing phones.
The deceased with the name, Sabitu Muyhdeen, popularly known as MD was an Aluminum Fabricator, based in Ile Ife and got to Iwo on 19th of September to participate in the just concluded Governorship Election in the state.
This is coming weeks after hundreds of youths took to the streets to protest the police brutality in the town and set the Police Area Command office ablaze, when one Nofiu was reportedly shot dead at Odo-Ori market while boarding a bike to Ile-Ogbo.
Speaking with The Regular News, a reliable source said MD was arrested on Wednesday, 26th, September after he was pointed to the police by a teenage boy as the person who sent him to go and still phones.
According to him, MD was heading out on that fateful day and a boy of about thirteen years of age started following him, after following him for a while and he was about to challenge the boy, the police came and bundled him into their vehicle and conveyed to the station in Adeeke.
“When we got to know and his mother got to the station within not more than three hours. We couldn’t recognize him again. There, the policemen attached to the station, brutalized the innocent MD to the extent in could not walk on his own and left him with no medical attention.
“He went to coma the following day after his family were denied access to give him medical attention severally. He was rushed to Idowu Hospital who referred them to UCH Ibadan but due to strike, they were referred to BOWEN Hospital in Ogbomoso on Friday where he was placed on oxygen to breath. Test were conducted and he was confirmed he wasn’t suffering from any ailment.
“The family were told to go and conduct a brain test at one hospital in Ilorin and the result of the test also said he was fine. He gave up the ghost on 1st October, 2018.
“Personally, I feel more than sympathy for this innocent young man; in fact, I feel deep empathy for MD and his family’s financial incapacitation. He must have said anything under duress because the way he was brutalized, it was disheartening ”
However, TRN also gathered that one officer simply identified as Ajeyinfa has been arrested and taken to State CID by the DPO on the order of state Police Commissioner. It was also gathered that the royal majesty, the Oluwo of Iwo is aware.
The family of the deceased called on the well the IG and CP to take full responsibility and do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators must face the full wrath of the law so as to serve as a deterrent for their likes and ensure Justice prevails.
They further insist that damages must be paid and fully compensated.