A 38-year-old man, arrested for allegedly plotting to kidnap the monarch of Isiu in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, has died in their custody and his family want answers.
Yemi Taiwo, a land Agent, and his friend Femi Animashaun, were arrested by a combined team of local vigilante members in Ikorodu, popularly known as Onyabo, and some palace thugs known as Tobalase in Isiu community.
Videos which emerged from the incidence showed were they were both stripped and tortured in the premises of Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area.
Olabisi Taiwo, wife of the deceased, said her husband left home in the Gberigbe area of Ikorodu for Isiu, where he purchased some plots of land, and was arrested.
She said in tears: “He told me that he would first stop at his boss’s office before going to site but he never came back to meet his two children and wife.
“Around 11.pm on the fateful day, his younger brother, Deji, who is staying with us, rushed home and told me that he heard that his brother had been killed.”
She said she was destabilised by the news, adding that she quickly lost her senses but after some hours, when she was called back, she was told that he was not dead but that he had been arrested with some people who are planning to abduct the monarch of Isiu.
“We didn’t hear anything until late in the evening on Friday when I was told that he had been taken to the annex of Zonal Investigative Bureau in Ladegboye area, Ikorodu by some policemen, who were invited.
“I went there on that same day. I was not allowed to see him by the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) who was identified as Lati. We were told that he was not there.
She said she went back there on Saturday and Sunday but wasn’t allowed to see him.
She however said that on that Sunday, one of his brothers, Awobajo, who went there to see him, was also detained by the policemen.
“Awobajo was later released on Monday and he told me that the IPO asked him the location of my husband’s properties and that he would sell them off because we don’t know the gravity of our offence.
“Early on Tuesday morning, the policemen brought my husband and Femi out of the cell and they were tortured in preparation for their transfer to Zone 2 headquarters in Onikan.
She said she learnt that while on their way to Onikan, some land thugs sprinkled some water on their body, adding that when her husband and Femi were brought to Zone 2, the superior officer rejected them, when he saw their condition, asking the IPO to go and treat them first before he can allow them into the cell.
“It was while they were returning them back to their annex at Ikorodu that my husband died and the IPO is now saying that he does not know what to do again. He does not want to release the body of my husband to me.
“I am appealing to the Inspector General of Police to come to my aid. Those who connived with the police to kill my husband are bragging to have the support of powerful monarchs and the Lagos State Government. I don’t want my husband to die in vain.”
The Zone 2, Command spokesperson, DSP Hauwa Idris declined to comment on the incident, stating simply: “I cannot confirm any story now, I am busy, we are hosting a GOC, call me later.”