By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
A petitioner, Alhaji Adanku Oyinlola, Baale of Olobedu community of Ota Efun area, Osogbo, Osun state on Thursday, 14 January, 2021 explained to Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and related extra-judicial Killings in the state how some police officers arrested him and extorted the sum of N700,000 from him.
Oyinlola said the the officers, of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, had demanded the sum of N1.5 million to secure his release from detention in 2016.
The traditional chief who spoke during the sitting of the panel claimed that he was arrested at his residence, without any notification of his offence.
Adanku explained that he suffered inhumane treatments in the hands of the police officers who moved him from one division to another intra-state, inter-state and inter-region.
He recounted how the police officers who moved him in a white Hummer bus, had hand-cuffed him, veiled his face and extinguished cigarette butts on his head.
He further recounted how he was moved to Abuja (Area 3, Abbattoir), the division demanded the sum N1.5 million to process his bail. He said because he could not afford the demand, he was forced to give a directive for the sale of his sister’s plot of land for the sum of N 700,000 which he used for settlement.
Corroborating Adanku’s story, Busari Quadri Adetunji, one of the witnesses (PW3), said Adanku was initially arrested and taken to Zone 11 in Osogbo.
According to him: “When we got to Zone 11, we met Superintendent Omoyele, who told us that they had an order from Abuja to arrest Alhaji Adanku, although he claimed that his offences had not been ascertained. The other people we spoke with, including CSP Adesokan, said they didn’t know what the case was about.
“After about four days of repeated visits, Superintendent Omoyele eventually claimed it was a murder case and that we could settle it at the Zonal level with N600,000, but we were only able to raise N200,000.
“After receiving the money from us, he said that we should come the following day by 10:00am, so that the matter could be resolved with the team from Abuja. We appeared as agreed some minutes before the specified time, with the Ataoja of Osogbo (who we had volunteered to help us wade into the matter), but we were told that the Abuja team already left with Alhaji Adanku”, Busari stated.
He added that after the petitioner was taken to Abuja, he went to Abuja (in the company of other community representatives), to the Area 3 office (Abbattoir) where he met one Inspector Muyiwa who said the matter could be settle out of court upon the payment of the sum of N1.5 million.
He continued: “Inspector Muyiwa told us that the requested sum was not the bail but a fee required to process his release. We gave him N300,000 that day, and he asked us to come back in six days with the balance. After six days, we returned with N400,000 and it took the plea of one Superintendent Balogun for the money to be received from us.
“We were thereafter given a bail form to fill, and asked to reappear with Alhaji Adanku in eight days with the balance of N800,000. We didn’t return after eight day, rather, Alhaji went to court to file for unlawful detention and abuse of fundamental human right.
“The officers didn’t appear before the court. Judgment was eventually given in his favour and he was awarded the sum of N100,000 (although he made claims for the sum of N 10,000,000)”, Busari added.
Meanwhile, the Judicial Panel of Inquiry has asked Inspector Muyiwa and Superintendent Omoyele to appear before the Panel on next adjourned date, Thursday 18th February 2021.
The Petitioner, Adanku, has also expressed his confidence in the activities of the Panel, stating that although the verdict of the court was yet to be enforced till the time of his appearance before the panel, the processes of the Panel gives him confidence that the matter will receive the deserved attention.