Human rights group, Campaign For the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Lagos Chapter and the family of 20 years old Jibril Muhammed, who was alleged to have died after being torture while in police custody, on Monday, stormed the Zone 2 office of the Assistant Inspector-General of the Police (AIG), Onikan Lagos, demanding for full investigation into the circumstances leading to Jubril’s death.
Jubril, a security guard in a company, Barka Nigeria Limited, situated at Magboro-Ibafo, Ogun State, was said to have died on December 24, 2018, seven days after he was arrested while in the detention of Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) of the Nigeria Police Force, Obada, Ogun’s State.
His arrest according to his family and CDHR was at the instance of the company’s owner, Mahmud Jamal, a Lebanese, who had reported to the Ibafo Police Division, of the missing goods from his warehouse.
CDHR and late Jubril’s family had stormed the Zonal headquarters of the Police with placards of various inscriptions such as ‘Jubril was never a criminal’, ‘We demand arrest of Mahmud Jamal’, ‘ZIS Obada, explain to the world how Jubril’s died’, ‘AIG Zone 2 bring all the perpetrators to book’ and many others.
CDHR, in a petition signed by its Chairman, Comrade Alex Omotehinse and Comrade Akintunde Adedeji, Secretary captioned ‘Alleged torture and gruesome murder of Jubril Mohammed by I.P.O. Ojekunle Oladapo, the Officer-in-Charge at Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) Obada, Abeokuta and DPO Ibafo Police Division, demand for justice, urgent, immediate and diligent prosecution of the perpetrators of the heinous act.
In the said petition, the CDHR, after listing circumstances surrounding Jubril’s death, demands ‘urgent and immediate summon should be issuer to all perpetrators this grievous crime and collaborators.
Other demands were; “Immediate interrogation of Investigation Police Officer (IPO) Ojekunle Oladapo, O/C both of ZIS and Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Ibafo Police Division to explain the roles played by them in the unfortunate death of Jubril’s.
“Police officers found culpable in unwarranted death of Jubril should and must be brought to book while justice must be seen to have been dispensed, to serve as deterrent to other erring officers who are fond or in habit of torturing suspects in police custody which us anomaly and aberration in line with Amnesty International Statue/condemnation brutality, torture and inhuman degradation of people which has given Nigeria Police bad name and dented institution image and reputation”.
After a meeting with Mr. Lawal Shehu, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone 2, both the CDHR and Jubril’s family said they were pleased with what they heard from the AIG.
The CDHR chairman, Comrade Omotehinse said: “with the little time we spent with the AIG, he is a man of integrity. The man has spoken well and said the Zonal command has commenced investigation into the matter.
“The AIG has assured us that the Command has got in touch with those who are involved and they are already being detained. We want to assure you that with the little time we spent with the AIG, he spoke like a godly man who believes in justice and he had assured us that justice will be done”.
Omotehinse commended the AIG for his steadfastness, for coming into the matter as soon as possible.
The Command’s spokesperson Mrs. Badmos Ifedolapo, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) who spoke to the journalists after the meeting said: “there’s an allegation against one of our units, the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) which has also been the operational arm of this Command and the CDHR, that’s Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, has brought it to our notice, the Command received the report.
“Like your chairman had said, there is on the spot investigation, the AIG who never condone any act of omission or commission of our men, who never condone any misbehaviour from any serving police officer, had ordered a detailed investigation into the occurrence.
“What we want to know is that you should be rest assure that justice will be served.
“It is an allegation as we have said and the allegation would be investigated as directed by AIG Lawal Shehu and at the end of the day, if any policeman found culpable be rest assure that justice would be served. He not going to be hand dismissal as AIG had said, he is going to face prosecution, if he is found culpable.
“Autopsy will reveal what actually transpired, we are in constant touch with the family members, they are well represented. There us no cause for alarm, we (the Command) stand for justice and according to the dictate of the AIG, we should respect every human rights at every single minute of our actions”.
On this call for arrest and interrogation of the Lebanese who was alleged to have instigated the Jubril’s arrest and torture before he died, CSP Badmos said the call is unwarranted since the man only reported an occurrence, which she said everyone can do when issue happens, to the police, adding that the Lebanese never partake in the investigation that led to Jubril’s death.
She said: “On the Lebanese man, the Lebanese man did not partake in the investigation, everyone has right to report any occurrence to the police. I don’t think the man actually carried gun to shoot the victim, but I think the best thing he can do is to report when there is incident and the man has reported according to the dictate of the law. So if anything has gone wrong, that will be determined when we investigate. And if the man had died of natural death, we owe it to God because He owns our life and determined what happen to it.
“But as it is, we want everyone of us to calm down, the CDHR, the family members have met with the AIG and he had assured and reassured them that what is right will be done”.
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