Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin
ONE of the suspects within the April 5, 2018 theft incident in Offa, Kwara State, Salawu Azeez, on Friday advised the State Excessive Court docket in Ilorin, the state capital, that the police extracted confessional assertion from him by threatening his life.
Azeez additionally narrated how policemen allegedly shot six individuals lifeless in his presence in Abuja.
He mentioned that the policemen interrogating him did so purposely to coerce him to confess his alleged participation within the financial institution theft assaults in Offa the place 18 folks, together with policemen, have been reportedly killed.
All of the accused individuals, Ayoade Akinnibosun, Ibikunle Ogunleye, Adeola Abraham, Salahudeen Azeez and Niyi Ogundiran, have been current in court docket.
Azeez, the fourth defendant, had mentioned earlier throughout cross examination within the trial inside trial: “That very same day, Inspector Hassan directed Officer Vincent to go and convey 5 folks from
someplace. They requested me to look at what they’d do to the 5 individuals and that they’d do similar to me if I didn’t cooperate with them.
“They killed the 5 individuals in my presence. In addition they shot Akinnibosun, Adeola and Ogunleye within the legs in my presence. They threatened to kill me however I began begging that I didn’t do something improper.
“They mentioned Ogunleye and I robbed in Offa and I denied this, however they insisted. They beat me mercilessly inside a generator home in any other case referred to 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 knew him. The person is Michael Adikwu. I mentioned I didn’t know him.
“In addition they requested him whether or not he is aware of me however he mentioned no. They killed him in my presence.
“I pleaded with them to not kill me as a result of my youngsters are nonetheless younger.
“They tied me down and hung me once more. I then requested them what they needed from me when the torture turned insufferable.”
Salawu additional claimed that he was pressured to thumb print an announcement already ready by the police towards his consent.
This was whilst defence counsel, Mathias Emeribe, prayed the court docket to order the exhumation of the corpse of a principal suspect within the theft, Michael Adikwu, who allegedly died in police custody in Abuja.
This, he mentioned, was needed to find out whether or not the reason for Adikwu’s dying was pure or in any other case.
He mentioned that makes an attempt by the prosecution to impress it on the court docket that there are solely 5 suspects within the case quantity to suppression of information.
He recalled that when the case first got here up in October 2018, six suspects have been listed on the cost sheet, together with Michael Adikwu, who the police later claimed to have died of their custody.
Mr. Emeribe subsequently urged the court docket to not depend on the confessional statements of the suspects.
He added that the contradictions within the proof of prosecution “are usually not witnesses of fact,” urging “the court docket to carry that the prosecution is mendacity.”
However prosecution counsel, Prof Abdulwahab Egbewole (SAN), mentioned that contradictions within the dates when the suspects claimed they have been interrogated and the police data confirmed that they have been solely cooking up tales about their alleged torture and coercion.
He subsequently urged the court docket to not admit the confessional statements by the suspects.
The presiding decide, Justice Haleema Salman, adjourned the case to July 22.