Akeem, aka Oba Olofin, was allegedly tortured to death by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Ogun State Police Command, after he was arrested with some gamblers.But the state police command accused the 32-year-old of robbery, adding that he took ill in custody and died at a hospital.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Akeem was an executive member of a tricycle riders’ association operating around the market and was in charge of issuing tickets to the riders.It was gathered that a man had staked his money and phone at a gambling joint in the market on March 31, 2018, in anticipation to win an expensive phone.
After he lost out to the bet operator at the joint close to where Akeem operated, he was said to have approached the deceased to assist in the return of his valuables – a request Akeem reportedly declined. The loser was said to have left in anger and returned after some minutes with some SARS operatives, who picked up the gamblers and Akeem.
A friend of the deceased, who gave his name only as Damilare, told punch that the operatives initially detained the suspects at a police station around the market.He said an executive member of the tricycle riders’ association, who gave the tickets to Akeem, went to the station in the evening only to be told that they had been transferred to the SARS’ office in Abeokuta.
“The following Tuesday, the police charged the suspects with robbery in a court at Ijebu Ode, but Akeem was not there. When the charges were read to them, they exclaimed that they were not robbers. The police told the court that the sixth person (Akeem) was dead. We were shocked.”
Damilare said after the arraignment, he and a lawyer on April 7, visited a prison in Ijebu Ode, where the defendants were remanded.He said one of the accused, identified only as Rotimi, stated that Akeem died from torture in SARS custody and that they were allegedly framed.