Family Of Man Who Died In SARS Custody Seeks For Justice
A family residing in Ondo State, who was recently hit by the sudden death of their son has beckoned to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju, and the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to carry out an investigation on the passing away of their son, Seun Ayoade, whom they alleged to have died in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Ondo State Police Command.
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According to the family, Seun and his brother Abayomi, alongside some other suspects, were nabbed and held in custody by SARS officers on October 17, 2017, at the Oke Aro area of Akure, the state capital, for alleged robbery.
The family also disclosed that late Seun had initially had a disagreement with one of the SARS officers who later went to mobilise his colleagues to nab him on the ground that Seun was a member of an armed robbery gang.
A representative of the family said, “They (SARS operatives) told us that they arrested some members of an armed robbery gang, who informed them that Seun was their leader, and that was why they arrested him and his brother.”
It was also disclosed that the security agents did not inform the family about the passing away of their son, but went ahead to deposit his dead body in a morgue.
The family, however, got to know about the death of their son after they involved a human right organisation in the matter.
Mr. Femi Ajilo, Seun’stepfatherer claimed that he had initially went to inquire about his son when he heard about his arrest, but was beaten up by SARS officers who accused him of given birth to an armed robber.
In his words, “Seun and Abayomi were with me in Igbara Odo, a day before they were arrested. When I was informed that they were arrested, I quickly rushed down to the SARS office to know what happened. The policemen I met were not civil at all; they pounced on me and beat me up”.
“Nobody told us anything about the whereabouts of Seun. It was when we engaged a human rights lawyer that we discovered that Seun was dead in their custody. Up till now, we have not been told the cause of his death.”
The family has cried out to the state government and senior officials in the Ondo state security service to help them get justice on the demise of their son.
The Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, has revealed that his office has started investigating the issue, as he also promised the family that justice would be served.
Quoting Joseph, he said “It is still an allegation, but we will investigate it. We want to assure the family that nothing would be covered up.”