How police plotted to bury Ogbomoso’s #EndSARS victims without autopsy

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020, Under: News

How police plotted to bury Ogbomoso’s #EndSARS victims without autopsy

According to the People’s Gazette, two families who lost loved ones after police fired live bullets on #EndSARS protesters in Ogbomoso on Sunday were intimidated by rampant police.

Online news reports that police officials intervened after Taiwo Adeoye and Mosud “Akeju” Abdulganiu were killed by officers, persuading their families not to investigate the killings.

Babalola Sarafa, a police superintendent and district police officer in Ogbomoso, successfully pushed families to testify under oath by refusing to autopsy the victims and demanding an immediate burial.

Families were also forced to swear that they did not want the killing of their loved ones to be investigated or prosecuted by the police.

The DPO quickly wrote to LAUTECH Hospital asking the Chief Medical Officer to immediately hand over the bodies to the families for burial.

But the conspiracy was foiled after Hussein Afolabi, a criminal law expert who advised families, told families about the consequences of continuing with the police plan.

Babalola and the force headquarters did not respond to separate requests for comment from Gazette on Thursday night.

Adeoye and Abdulganiu were killed by police as they joined other citizens to take part in a worldwide march to end police brutality in downtown Ogbomoso, a historic Yoruba settlement just 100 kilometers north of Ibadan.

While Abdulganiu was killed at the headquarters of the protest, Adeoye was killed when residents laid siege to the palace of the city’s traditional ruler to mourn the dead and challenge the police’s use of lethal force in response to their protests.

On the eve, residents of the city witnessed similar chaos when police shot and killed 20-year-old technical trainee Jimo Isiak. Isak was buried in accordance with his Muslim faith, which prevented an autopsy.

But the circumstances surrounding the murders of Adeoye and Abdulganiu were more volatile and contingent for both the police and the government of Nigeria.

For example, the Minister of Youth and Sports Sunday Dare was present at the palace when Adeoye was assassinated. He made an emergency trip to Ogbomoso, his hometown, to express condolences to Ishiak’s families and to keep the peace during the #EndSARS protest.

But when young people from the community descended into the palace with Abdulganiu’s corpse, attendants and police officers from Deir reportedly opened fire in an attempt to rescue their director, killing Adeoye and injuring several others, eyewitnesses say. in the Peoples Gazette.

Shortly after escaping from the palace, Dare set to work on Ogbomoso’s emerging narrative, tweeting with no evidence that the protesters were thugs who tried to kill, maim and destroy the palace.

The minister’s tweet says nothing about how his servants opened fire, much less condolences and requests.

Police actions and Dare’s apparent cover-up tactics served as a strong reason for a thorough investigation, but the policeman felt that families were less demanding in intimidation to help them suppress the autopsy, as they showed. results of the Bulletin.

Gov. Seyi Makinda has pledged to conduct a thorough investigation into police violence against protesters when he visited the families of those killed on Tuesday, including an autopsy and ballistic studies.

Fearing all possible investigations into the killings, Sarafa reached out to the families after a dispute with Ogbomoso District Commandant Yemi Oyeni and Police Commissioner Oyo Nwachukwu Enwonwu, police sources said.

The police asked Adeyemi Adeoye, a member of the Adeoye family, to testify under oath to release her body without an autopsy.

Fasilat Abdulganiu and Laval Tajudin, who identified themselves as members of the Abdulganiu family, also testified in writing that his remains were released without an autopsy.

The affidavit was given between October 13 and 14, and Sarafa subsequently wrote to the Chief Medical Officer of the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital asking for the bodies to be released.

But after Afolabi learned of the conspiracy, he asked the families to take the sworn testimony from the police and allow the investigation to continue.

“The police have no power to force the family to testify against the autopsy,” Afolabi said.

“We will make sure that justice prevails in this case.”

The newspaper confirmed that the LAUTECH Teaching Hospital performed autopsies on the victims and that preliminary reports will be released shortly.

The intimidation of both families came after Nigerians demanded a thorough police investigation of #EndSARS protesters across the country, which, according to Amnesty International, resulted in the deaths of at least ten people by officers.

Source: – Sahara Reporter.