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Police made my son commit suicide after losing N7.7m, a woman tells the panel

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By James Ogunnaike

Mother of a victim of illegal police arrest and detention, Ms. Funmi Akinade has revealed how her son, Seyi Akinade lost N7.7 million in currency trading while in illegal police detention, ultimately leading him to commit suicide.

According to Ms Akinade, a petitioner in the ongoing Judicial Investigation Panel said that her late son, Seyi Akinade lost more than seven million naira from currency trading on February 3, 2020 due to his illegal arrest and detention for Obada-Oko police officers. Abeokuta Police Station, who raided his shelter and locked him and 16 other students overnight without known cause.

Ms. Akinade spoke while defending her petition before the Judicial Investigation Panel created by the Ogun state government to investigate complaints of victims of police brutality, human rights violations, and extrajudicial executions by security agents within the state.

She revealed that after the great loss suffered by her son, she became depressed and resorted to committing suicide by drinking a poisonous liquid substance that a doctor confirmed was Snipper.

In recounting their experience, a witness and a friend of the deceased, Mr. Damilare Adejoro, who was also among those arrested, said: “On February 3, 2020, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi and his other three colleagues raided and arrested the 17 students who were inside the Chocolate City Hostel at Camp, Abeokuta, detained us and locked us up overnight inside the station cell ”.

According to Adejoro, the agents did not tell us what our infraction was, but when we arrived at the police station, they locked us with 52 other inmates already in a small cell after they asked us to pay two million nairas as bail that we could not pay.

Adejoro added that while in police custody, his late friend, who was a currency trader, told officers that he had opened an online trading business that could suffer losses if left unattended, but was denied access to his phone. mobile phone, slapped and even taunted, eventually losing more than seven million naira.

Adejoro added that before his friend committed suicide on April 22, 2020, he entered his Twitter page and wrote in solidarity, “this is my story in case anyone wonders why I did it” and on his last day on earth , he wrote “I guess it’s goodbye … no one heard my cry for justice and this had to happen haha ​​… goodbye world.”

Adejoro said: “I believe that this panel will guarantee justice and give hope to the common man,” while requesting that the parents of the deceased be compensated for the enormous loss that caused the death of Mr. Seyi Akinade.

Speaking, a witness, Mr. Olaleye Adejare, who was the owner of the victim, confirmed the incident and revealed that the police officers eventually collected N120,000 before releasing the students without just cause.

For his part, one of the respondents, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi, said that they actually arrested them all, but that was because they obtained information that some were smoking Indian hemp in the house even though the deceased and his friend were not guilty. .

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