Friday, March 9, 2012

Extra-Judicial Killing: Police Covers Up Death Inside Cell As Family Cries For Justice

Police officers, especially those in the Public Relations Department have incessantly hammered it into the ears of the vast population of Nigerians that the “Police is your friend”. Most of those who have however heard the statement have chosen not to believe it as some have done so at their peril, some never lived to regret believing that the police, their supposed friend cannot hurt them.
The crude, unconventional methods and the high degree of baseness adopted by some officers of the Nigerian Police Force have pitched them against the generality of Nigerians. Police brutality seems to have become part of the Nigerian system. The Nigerians that have been murdered in cold blood by trigger happy policeman cannot easily be numbered.
Just when the country was getting over the shooting of Idris and Ademola Aderinto, protesters who were shot by policemen during the fuel subsidy saga in January, police brutality has again reared its head in another ugly form. Controversy has surrounded the death of Ademola Lawrence Adedeji, a staff of the Adebola Group of Companies, (producers of Rite & Bigi beef roll) and it is not the type that will clear in a hurry. . He was arrested on Thursday 9th of February and taken to Area F police station, Ikeja over an issue with Adebola Group. Click below to read more
Efforts to get him released on bail proved abortive, according to the widow, “the Police refused his bail that night, and 2 hours after I left him in police custody, the Police killed my husband! He turned 39years old just last week”. The deceased and his wife have 3 young children with the oldest being 7 years old, the other 5 and the youngest will be one year old next week.
It was alleged in some quarters that after his demise, the police took his corpse to an undeclared morgue. Street Journal gathered that no family member was allowed to see his body. Speaking further, the widow disclosed that “the same Nigerian Police claims they don’t have any record of his arrest!  Please help me, Nigerian Police Force and Adebola Group should produce my husband! Please help, make them answer to this injustice” she lamented.
Reacting to the allegations however, the Police stated in a message to Street Journal  that “one Late Ademola Lawrence Adedeji, Male, Yoruba by tribe was brought to Ikeja Police division on 9th February by Adebola Group for issuing a dude cheque. He fell sick and was transferred to the Hospital for medical attention where he was reportedly dead. It has nothing to do with Police brutality and his family was informed accordingly”.
The deceased’s sister in-law also disclosed to Street Journal that “he was refused bail on Thursday. They asked for 1million Naira as bail. We offered to drop a new unregistered vehicle worth N 1.5million but the police refused.
A new twist however emerged when the family’s lawyer went to Area F police station. The DPO Charles Uwabuoku confirmed that Mr Ademola Adedeji was arrested and brought by Adebola Group of Companies. And less than 2 hours after the wife and family left, he started gasping for breath.
The station could however not produce the statement written by Ademola Adedeji. The police claimed he was shivering at the time he was brought in, so the officer in charge wrote the statement on his behalf. Less than an hr after he was arrested the wife got to the police station around 2pm and she left around 9pm.  She however disclosed that she didn’t see or notice the husband shivering.
The Area F DPO was quoted in an interview published by Daily Independent on Monday, 13th February as saying “no one with the name Ademola Adedeji was arrested”.
When the deceased’s family however got to the station with their lawyer, the DPO confirmed that he was arrested and detained at the station.
Source: Street Journal

15 comments:

  1. What kind of injustice is this?

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  2. Naija never dissapoints

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  3. For real? Just like that. May I and my family never have a Police case. I weep for my country. I WEEP

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  4. May his soul rest in peace. This case must not be swept under the carpet.

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  5. Pig headed people

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  6. stories like this wanna make me renounce my citienship....what kind of wickedness is this????until the police starts to recruits learned people into d force, we'll keep hearing horrible stories like this one, am very sure this man was killed because he couldnt produce that N1.5M...i can bet my life on this...and when has issuing a dud check become an offence???...something might have happened for d check to be returned, cant they just give him a fear hearing??? gush man's inhumanity to man...Adebola group of companies clap for urlseves....u just added a dead man to your many products...if i see ur beef or gala..i'll take to ma heels

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  7. Haba! The life of a young father was wasted for nothing! If I were the wife, it is the MD of Adebola that I will hold guilty for putting a man into a den of criminals over a business hiccup! God will punish that MD. He will spend the rest of his life in suffering! He has visited sorrow on this young widow and her children, may his family never know sweetness again IJN!

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  8. I agree, Adebola Group has a lot too answer for. Extremely sad. Only God knows how many more die like this without us knowing.

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  9. ust yesterday at exactly 5pm, ademola adedeji ,mrs omolola died having heard the sudden news of her son's death,the bread winner of the family is gone,wife and kids are staying apart.Yoruba culture does not allow a mother to be buried before son and no member of the family has ever seen demola's corpse,please,Nigerian, help this family, demola corpse is been taken to no where morgue by police who killed him

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  10. ust yesterday at exactly 5pm, ademola adedeji ,mrs omolola died having heard the sudden news of her son's death,the bread winner of the family is gone,wife and kids are staying apart.Yoruba culture does not allow a mother to be buried before son and no member of the family has ever seen demola's corpse,please,Nigerian, help this family, demola corpse is been taken to no where morgue by police who killed him

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  11. Oh, his Mum died? How sad.

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  12. This na real wa o. God save us from Nigerian police.

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  13. This is just sad, only God knows what happened to the man; the officers would probably have dumped the man's corpse in one river/swamp somewhere. God help his family and in His name may justice be done.

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  14. My mother always tell us she will NEVER allow any of her kids marry the child of a policeman/policewoman. There is a reason why they are cursed and wretched. Nigeria is just finished I swear. Our politicians steal us blind and then the police shoot and miam at random, spilling innocent blood without remorse or consequence. This isn't a country, abeg! The saddest thing is that the very ones that are supposed to help curb police brutality have sent all their children and loved ones abroad! A truly upside down world of suffering and smiling people!

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  15. *smh* its only God dat wud punish n judge d police 4 always causing HAVOC,they were trained 2 protect n secure lives buh dey tend 2 take it 4 granted,they kill innocent citizens dat GOD himself created n later dey wud tell Ɣ☺Ʊ d police is ur frnd...dats jt arrant rubbish,police is ma frnd ma ass. GOD wud visit each n evry1 of dem IJN...AMEN!!!

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