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Family sends SOS to Buhari, IGP over son’s ‘unlawful’ detention


Family of 32-year-old Richard Osakue Ajayi, who is being detained by the police in a correctional centre in Nasarawa State has sent a Save-Our-Soul to President Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) to wade into the matter and save him from being killed for the sin he did not commit.
Richard was transferred from the Lagos State police command to FCT Command, Abuja before he was sent to Nasarawa prison. His mother, Mrs. Grace Ajayi, who spoke to newsmen in Lagos at the weekend, said she wanted to keep the presidency, IGP and AGF abreast of the traumatic experience her family is going through in the hands of the police.


“My son is being roped into a murder case that he did not know anything about. A female lawyer was allegedly murdered last year at the Ogba area of Lagos by Joshua Usulor, who was arrested by policemen from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), Panti, Yaba. During the investigation, the police found some interactions between my son, Richard and the suspect on the phone. The suspect according to the police, named my son as the alleged sponsor of the murder, but a few days later, Usolor changed his statement, telling the police that my son was innocent; that he only mentioned him because he was angry at my son, who was owing him some money, which he has refused to pay.
“My son’s connection with the suspect was that my son works with a digital training firm. He does training for people who are interested in marketing. It was through the radio advert that my son did that Usolor heard and came to register with N90,000, but refused to come for the training. Later, he started disturbing my son that he should pay him back his money, but my son told him that the money has been paid into the company’s account and promised to refund part of the money when another person pays cash.


“Usolor and his people kept disturbing my son, warning that they would deal with him if he failed to pay. While the interaction was going on between the two, Usulor killed the lawyer. It was through the call log that the police traced my son’s number. But after investigation, SCIID discovered that my son’s interactions with Usolor was basically on lectures and not associated with the murder and granted him bail.

“After setting my son free following the DPP’s advice, we were shocked when SCIID came for his arrest again, saying that a new Commissioner of Police has just resumed office and that the lawyer’s husband petitioned him. The police took Richard to Abuja. This time around, they detained him in Nassarawa prisons without trial.”


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