Olu is a generic identify among the many Yoruba individuals. Olu can perform as a prefix or suffix, however it’s by no means a whole identify for native audio system of the indigenous language. “But, when the special tactical squad (STS) attached to the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) from Itele in Lagos State came into my brother’s house, that was simply what they asked for before whisking my brother away,” says Boyo Adeshina, half-brother of the deceased ‘Olu’.
Olaoluwa Bolarinwa is the complete identify of the individual the policemen took away from his home on the Ekotedo space in Ibadan on March 28, 2020. He was arrested alongside his nephew, Oreoluwa Abiona, and detained at Mokola Police station in Ibadan.
Oreoluwa was bailed after paying N10,000 at Mokola on March 29, 2020 however the journey, for Olaoluwa, didn’t finish at that station. The police claimed he had been transferred to Obada police station in Ogun state.
Obada is about 120 kilometers from Mokola. Olaoluwa’s household visited the Obada station on April 4 2020, however there was no sight of him. The police redirected them to the Ogun State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (SCIID) at Eleweran in Abeokuta. There was nonetheless no luck seeing the police detainee.
Throughout their search they maintained communication with the Inspecting Police Officer (IPO) of the case at Mokola, who stored having conversations along with his colleagues on the completely different police stations visited. They figured right now, that the police have been protecting up Olaoluwa’s location and, to them, that was worrisome.
Olaoluwa’s life mattered to all people. As rising youngsters, himself and different younger relations hustled collectively on the streets of the Adamasingba stadium in Mokola, coincidentally inside the similar space he was first detained.
To his fast household, the 47-year-old Olaoluwa was indispensable. He was a breadwinner. He had two teenage youngsters with Blessing, his spouse, who’s a hairdresser.
A name to the IPO in Ibadan within the second week of April, 2020, lastly bore some information. Relatives have been directed to the IGP STS unit in Itele, close to Ayobo in Lagos state.
Spirit Down, Death Announced
A number of days after the COVID-19 lockdown was lifted on May 4, 2020, Toyin Omosebi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), informed relations on the IGP STS unit in Itele that Olaoluwa was arrested in connection to an armed theft in Ile-Oluji in Akure, the capital of Ondo state. “Olaoluwa is a hardened criminal,” mentioned ASP Omosebi.
This was arduous to imagine as a result of her phrases have been conflicting from the place of arrest to the day of arrest and others. Primarily all in favour of understanding concerning the well-being of the detained, relations current inquired about how he was faring.
“Olaoluwa died of ulcer in the hospital three days after arrest,” ASP Omosebi mentioned. Olaoluwa’s sister broke down in tears upon this announcement. She was taken by members of the family to the automobile. This was crucial as in the identical neighborhood canine have been getting used to intimidate individuals.
The relations left with a promise to fulfill the ASP once more.
Show Of Shame
After the household’s lawyer filed the case on the panel set as much as attempt circumstances of police brutality in Lagos in October 2020, the police did not be current two consecutive occasions.
The third summon was honoured on November 19, 2020. ASP Omosebi got here with the telephone tracker and the IPO of the case.
Nigeria Police function with indicators giving directions on learn how to perform operations however the tracker couldn’t current any sign suggesting Olaoluwa was legally arrested.
The Investigating Police Officer maintained their concocted story that Olaoluwa was arrested in connection to the Ile-Oluji armed theft however there was no proof connecting their arrest to the financial institution. No sign both from Abuja nor from the financial institution that the police claimed Olaoluwa joined a gang to rob.
ASP Omosebi informed the panel that different gang members have been charged however no court docket doc was discovered.
Meanwhile, the post-mortem carried out confirmed that Olaoluwa “died of starvation as a result of not taking food or water for a long period of time”.
“From all indications, IGP STS led by ASP Toyin Omosebi killed my brother.” say Olaolu’s brother, Shina.