Policemen raid Lagos street, torture man to death

by S’ola Filani

Police torture man
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Some Policemen attached to the Elere Division, Agege, Lagos have been accused of raiding a street in Lagos – Ajayi Ibe Street, arresting three men – and torturing one of them to death.
According to reports, the victim, Kazeem Oyolola,  29, had been a resident on the street for about one-and-a-half years. He died at a private hospital in the area on Friday after the beating by the policemen.The late Kazeem and two of his friends were taking drinks at a bar, when  police van with four policemen allegedly drove into the street to have them arrested for being suspected Internet fraudsters, otherwise known as Yahoo boys.

At the station, the policemen had allegedly tortured the three men to make them confess to the crime, during which Oyolola slumped.The policemen then rushed him to a nearby hospital in the area, and allegedly told the medical personnel that Oyolola was drunk.

However, as a result of the wounds sustained, he was said to have died in the hospital at midnight in the presence of his parents who travelled to Lagos after they learnt of his arrest.

A  tenant who begged for anonymity told Punch newspaper that,  when she visited him at the hospital on Thursday evening, Oyolola’s hands and legs were swollen, and he could not speak.

“When I got to the hospital, his parents had arrived to look after him. His hands and legs were swollen. His mouth was wide open and he could not talk. You could see several bleeding spots all over his body. I do not know what information the police received, but I can tell you that Kazeem is an easygoing man in this area. He is a trader who deals in Aluminium products, and he has a younger brother who stayed with him. He should not have died in this cruel way.”

On Friday morning from about 10 am, a large number of aggrieved youths in the area protested Oyolola’s death to the police division. However, they were said to have been resisted by the Rapid Response Squads, who allegedly shot into the air to scare away the protesters.

Comments (2)

  1. When will the era of violence, extra judicial killings & wanton destruction of lives end in our nation. The blood of Nigerians are poured daily on Nigeria soil by Nigerians. The sanctity of life is being highly undermined in this country, I do not subscribe to any form of criminal act or lawlessness but our law enforcement agents should be more civilised in dealing with the citizenry when carrying out their duties, excessive force as a means of obtaining information from a suspect is crude, achaic & degrading to their reputation in this 21st century. May the soul of the departed rest in peace.

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