One of many suspects on April 5, 2018, Offa financial institution theft, Azeez Salawu, yesterday informed the courtroom in Ilorin, Kwara state, how six suspects had been killed in his presence by the policemen in Abuja.
Azeez gave graphic particulars of how he was being tortured in “Generator home” at police headquarters in Abuja with tyre held on his neck and his two fingers tied to the again, and his physique was hung inside two primary planks amid heavy beating earlier than they shot lifeless six individuals in his presence.
All of the accused; Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salahudeen Azeez, and Niyi Ogundiran had been current in courtroom yesterday.
Salawu who denied the assertion credited to him mentioned that the policemen interrogating him did that purposely to coerce him to confess his alleged participation within the financial institution theft assaults in Offa, the place 18 individuals, together with policemen, had been reportedly killed.
That is whilst protection counsel, Mathias Emeribe, prayed the courtroom to order the exhumation of the corpse of a principal suspect within the theft, Michael Adikwu, who allegedly died in police custody in Abuja to be able to verify the reason for his demise.
This, he mentioned, is critical to find out whether or not the reason for Adikwu’s demise is pure or in any other case.
He mentioned that makes an attempt by the prosecution to impress it on the courtroom that there are solely 5 suspects within the case quantity to suppression of details.
Emeribe recalled that when the case first got here up in October 2018, six suspects had been listed on the cost sheet, together with Michael Adikwu, who the police later claimed to have died of their custody.
“Suppression of truth is a elementary problem in legal regulation that shouldn’t be swept underneath carpet” He A male little one has been recovered lifeless, whereas six adults have been rescued alive after a three-storey constructing collapsed in Lagos Island.
They shot lifeless the 5 individuals in my presence. Additionally they shot Akinnibosun, Adeola, and Ogunleye on the legs in my presence. They threatened to kill me however I began begging that I didn’t do something mistaken.
“They mentioned I and Ogunleye robbed at Offa and I denied this however they insisted. They beat me mercilessly inside a generator home, in any other case known as theatre. It’s a lie that they interrogated me in a conducive surroundings.
“On the second day, I used to be introduced out once more from the cell. They confirmed a person to me and requested me whether or not I do know him. The person is Michael Adikwu. I mentioned I don’t know him. Additionally they requested him whether or not he is aware of me however he replied no. They killed him in my presence.
“I pleaded with them to not kill me as a result of my kids are nonetheless younger. They tied me down and hanged me once more. I then requested them what they needed from me when the torture turned insufferable”, he mentioned.
Salawu additional claimed that he was pressured to thumbprint an announcement already ready by the police in opposition to his consent.
The prosecution counsel, Abdulwahab Egbewole (SAN), mentioned that contradictions within the dates when the suspects claimed they had been interrogated and the police data confirmed that they had been solely cooking up tales about their alleged torture and coercion.
He, subsequently, urged the courtroom to confess the confessional statements by the suspects.
The choose, Justice Halimat Salman adjourned the case until July 22, when the primary trial will begin.