70-year-old man allegedly tortured to death in police detention in Ondo
The Guardian gathered that the deceased died in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Oda Road after he was tortured and his corpse has been deposited in the morgue of the State Specialist Hospital, Akure.
Members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, yesterday came out to protest the death of Omolo, who was a member of the union before his death.
Further investigation revealed that last week Thursday, there was a traffic hold-up at the popular Arakale Road Akure, the state capital and the deceased was coming through the road when he discovered that it was a car that obstructed the road. Omolo was said to have questioned the driver of the vehicle, not knowing that he was a police officer.
Eyewitnesses told The Guardian that the police officer attacked the man and started beating him, a development that later attracted some sympathizers to come to his rescue.
The situation took another dimension on Friday when some policemen attached to SARS mobilised themselves to Amudipe Street in Akure and started arresting people in the area.
A source said that the victim was later arrested by policemen numbering about six where he was pumping his tyre and some people that were sympathising with him were taken to the station, too.
The source added that on getting to the station, the men in charge demanded for N150,000 for his bail which they could not raise at that time. On Tuesday morning, it was also gathered that the branch Chairman of his garage identified as Mr. Muyiwa raised N100,000 for his bail, but on getting to the station, the man was found dead in police custody.
Another source who pleaded anonymity told journalists that the policemen involved in the act have been arrested and detained at the police headquarters along Igbatoro Road, Akure.
The family of the deceased declined to speak on the issue, saying the State Commissioner of Police, Isaac Eke, had invited them to his office to discuss the matter.
Omolo was said to have questioned the driver of the vehicle, not knowing that he was a police officer
Several attempts by journalists to reach the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Wole Ogodo, also proved abortive. It was learnt that the state chapter of NURTW and family of the victim are planning to take the matter to court.