A petitioner at the ongoing Judicial Panel of Investigation in Ogun State, Mrs Funmi Akinade, painted a pathetic story of how her undergraduate son, Seyi Akinade lost N7.7m to forex trading on February 3, 2020 due to his illegal arrest and detention by police officers at Obada-Oko Police Station, Abeokuta and this experience later made him to commit suicide.
She told the panel that his son and some other students were arrested on the fateful day when the police officers raided their hostel and they were locked up all night without a known cause.
Mrs Akinade made this known on Thursday at the Magistrate Court 1, Isabo, Abeokuta while defending her petition earlier sent to the Panel set up by the Ogun State Government to investigate complaints of victims on police brutality, human rights violations and extra judicial killings by security operatives within the state.
The petitioner revealed that after the huge loss incurred by her late son, Seyi Akinade became depressed and resorted to committing suicide by drinking a poisonous liquid substance confirmed by a medical doctor to be snipper.
Also recounting his experience, a witness and a friend of the deceased, Mr Damilare Adejoro who was also among those arrested said, on February 3, 2020, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi and three other officers raided and arrested all the 17 students staying inside Chocolate City Hostel at Camp, Abeokuta, detained and them up all night inside the cell at the station.
According to Adejoro, the officers did not tell them what their offence was, but they were crammed up in a cell with other 52 inmates already in the small cell after they failed to pay a sum of N2m allegedly demanded by the police officers for their bail.
Adejoro added that while in the police custody, his late friend who was a forex trader severally told the officers that he had opened trading business online that would run into loss if not attended to, but they refused him access to his mobile phone, slapped and even made jest of him which eventually made him lost N7.7m.
Adejoro added that before his friend committed suicide on April 22, 2020, he went on his Twitter page and wrote severally, “this is my story in case anyone is wondering why I did it” and on his last day on earth, he wrote “I guess it’s goodbye now…no one heard my cry for justice and this had to happen haha…bye world.”
Adejoro said he believed the panel would ensure justice and bring hope to the common man” while requesting that the parents of the deceased be compensated for the huge loss that led to the death of Seyi Akinade.
Also testifying, a witness, Mr. Olaleye Adejare who was the landlord of the victim confirmed the incident, revealing that the police officers eventually collected N120,000 before releasing the students without any just course.
On his part, one of the respondents, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi said truly they arrested them all but it was because they got information that some of them were smoking Indian hemp in the house even though the deceased as well as his friend were not culpable.