Man Purportedly Dies In Police Custody in Ondo, Family Demands Justice

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A young man in Ondo State, who was identified as Aanu Olanusimi (a farmer), has purportedly died in the detention of the Police in Ondo state (Idanre Division to be precise).

The young man died in November 2019, shortly after being accused and arrested for allegedly stealing cocoa from the farm of a local chief, Akinruli, at Irikose in Ago Oni Rice Village, Idanre area of the state.

In a petition written to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, Osun State, through the family’s lawyer, Fidolyn Akindiose, mother of the deceased, Mrs. Comfort Olanusimi, said that her son was on his farmland when a police officer identified as ‘Londo’ from the Idanre Division came in company with Chief Akinruli to arrest him.

According to her, upon asking for the offence committed by her son, the police accused him of stealing cocoa seedlings from Chief Akinruli’s farm.

Mrs. Olanusimi added that her son decided to follow the police personnel and Akinruli on a motorcycle to the police station.

The woman further stated that while she was already set to go and visit the police station, a motorcyclist came to inform her that her son vomited while being taking away and had been rushed to a hospital in Idanre.

Later on, she was told that her son had been transferred to a hospital in Akure, the capital city of the state, but on getting there she found out that Olanusimi was dead.

She added that despite the brutal killing of her son, the police had refused to release his corpse to the family for burial.

The petition read in parts, “Up until this moment, the body of our client’s son has not been released to his mother.

“It is our contention that the act of the said Chief Akinruli, his labourer and the investigating police officer known as Londo, constitutes criminal acts to wit false accusation, professional negligence, criminal conspiracy, murder and failure to produce his corpse.

“It is our appeal to the AIG to use his office to take over the case from the homicide section of the state Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and for the release of Aanu Olanusimi corpse so that justice can be done.”

When contacted, spokesperson for the police in Ondo, Femi Joseph, revealed that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adie Undie, has waded into the case.

Joseph confirmed that the incident took place at Idanre Police Station and was currently being investigated.

He said, “It is false that we are still withholding the corpse of the man.”

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