Army launches investigation of murderous soldiers of Osun

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The Nigerian Army yesterday opened a dialogue with the family of Adeyinka Adekunle, a car dealer, who was tortured to death on March 25 by soldiers from the Infantry Battalion Headquarters, Ibodi area of ​​Osun State.

Adekunle was allegedly tortured by soldiers on the orders of Lieutenant Tobi Akindapo. The 37-year-old and his friend, Solomon Ogundare, had visited a brewery in Imo, Ilesa on Thursday March 24 for fun.

As the duo drank, three men allegedly approached them and asked for drinks.
Adeyinka and his friend reportedly refused, saying they had no money to buy additional drinks.

It was learned that the men, who were soldiers but not in uniform, tortured Adeyinka and even forced him to eat his vomit, before dying in the Battalion barracks.

The family of the deceased had requested the military authorities and the Osun State Police Command to bring their son’s killers to trial.

The victim’s father, Pa David Adekunle, 79, regretted that none of the officers involved in the killing have been exposed since the incident.

In a letter, Nigerian Army Division 2, Ibadan, Oyo State, confirmed receipt of the petition from the victim’s family.

He advised the family to present themselves with a lawyer to assist in investigations into the matter. A family member, identified simply as Adekunle, confirmed receipt of the letter by the family.

MEANWHILE, the Nigerian Bar Association and a human rights activist group, The Osun Masterminds, have demanded the publication of details of the soldiers involved in the car salesman’s murder.

The Osogbo branch of the NBA, in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Mr. Daud Ajetunmobi, said the association was ready to address the matter.

The statement said that the branch’s president, Mr. Hassan Agbelekale, had ordered the group’s human rights committee to investigate the matter with a view to bringing the soldiers to justice.

While demanding the immediate release of the soldiers to the appropriate authorities, the NBA warned that the era of justice in the jungle was behind us in the country.

LIKEWISE, Osun Masterminds, in a statement by their spokesman, Ayodeji Ologun, condemned the arbitrary use of force by Nigerian Army officers against harmless residents of Osun State, in particular the people of Ilesa, who are immediate neighbors. and hosts to the military. based in Ibodi.

The group gave military authorities 72 hours to reveal the names of the soldiers involved in the murder.
The statement said: “We demand with immediate effect that the military hierarchy release the names of the officers involved in the disturbance of the public peace in Ilesa and those through whom and in whose custody your victim died. It is incredible that the Army authorities have so far refused to reveal the details of these soldiers. Why are they being protected?

“As a civilian group, we have concluded plans to petition the Chief of the Army General Staff, as well as the President in his capacity as Grand Commander of the Federal Republic, if within 72 hours the names of the culprits are not known. We will continue to mount surveillance as things develop until justice is finally served.”

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