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Operatives of the FESTAC Town Police Division in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, have been accused of torturing a suspect, Albert Okechukwu, to death.Okechukwu, an indigene of Aguleri, Anambra State, was arrested last Friday at Alakija, along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

He had just come into the country with his relative, Alex Ejimofor from their Port Novo, Benin Republic base, when policemen stopped and accosted them.According to the victim’s brother, Onyeka, their phones and laptops were searched by the policemen, who accused them of being fraudsters, attempted to extort them.

Onyeka said the duo, in their early 20s, rebuffed the policemen and denied parting with money, which got the security agents angry. He claimed the policemen descended on the two men, hitting them with batons and gun butts.

But the police denied the allegation, insisting that the suspects were mobbed by motorcyclists at Alakija for attempting to dispossess one Salisu Abdulahi.The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of FESTAC Town, Olukole Oladeinde, a Chief Superintendent of Police, in his reaction, said policemen only went to the scene to rescue the suspects from mob action, adding that Okechukwu died while he was being rushed to the hospital.

He said: “It is untrue that policemen tortured the man to death. That’s what the family is claiming to paint the police bad. They were mobbed at Alakija for attempting to steal a motorcycle belonging to one Salisu Abdulahi.

From what policemen learnt at the scene, they did something to Salisu and he became unconscious. Then, they wanted to steal his motorcycle.“Other motorcyclists at the bus stop noticed what happened and descended on them. When policemen got to the scene, the two suspects had been beaten to a pulp. They were seriously injured but were rescued. While they were being taken away, the mob pelted them with stones.”


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1 Comment
  • Emeka

    Our police are liars, fabricators and armed robbers. You do not need to be a lie detector to confirm the police story is an absolute fallacy. Every police personnel is an unrepentant extortionist. Police can murder for as little as N100.00. They get involved in all kinds of vices and they have no conscience. The boys were not mobbed anything. They beat the boys because they got no money from them and possibly labelled them robbers thus inciting the mob if that story was anything to go by or they simply started clubbing them as the other boy claimed. Every conspiracy theory associated to this case must indite the police. They can not be exonerated.

  • Odogwu aluta

    We heard this issue from a police man who works in the same division. He told us that the guy died out of the torture . According to him, they rushed his second to court as a cover up.
    If the guys were mobbed, how many people did police arrest? How can they come to steal bike from cotonoun at 11 am? Not even at night. This Festac police intimidation is getting out of hand and someone must be done about it.