The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ota Branch has called on the police to swiftly begin the prosecution of suspects involved in the lynching of a young man, Akeem Olaleye.
Late Olaleye was allegedly beaten to death over accusation of phone theft at Sango Garage, Ota, Ogun State.
According the Branch’s Human Rights/Pro bono Committee, since the henious Incident, no person has been charged with the unlawful killing of Mr. Olaleye due to the Police’s non-challant disposition to the matter.
Representing the deceased’s elder brother, Sulaimon Adeoye, the Committee called on the police to bring all persons connected with the murder to justice and help the family find closure.
Full text of the letter addressed to the Ogun State Commissioner of Police
February 19., 2021
THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Ogun State Police Command Eleweran, Abeokuta Ogun State
FAMILY CRY- FOUL OVER THE MURDER OF THEIR BELOVED SON: LATE MR.AKEEM OLALEYE AT SANGO GARAGE, OTA, OGUN STATE ON THE 25TH OF JANUARY, 2021.
We are the Nigerian Bar Association/Probono Committee, Ota Branch, Ogun State and represent MR. SULAIMAN ADEOYE “Deceased Elder Brother”. We were briefed by the representative of the Family as to the fact that led to the deadly murder of the LATE AKEEM OLALEYE. It was stated that on the 25th day of January, 2021 at Sango Garage, Ota, the LATE MR. AKEEM OLALEYE was accused of stealing a phone in Shop 92 and was beaten by the shop owner and some identifiable hoodlums who compelled his untimely death. On the 4th of February, 2021 our team visited the Sango Police Station and were informed by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) that the accused indeed stole a phone and. that the matter has been forwarded to the General Investigation department at Eleweran, Abeokuta for further investigation. However, we discovered that the circumstances which led to the death of the deceased person were not fully investigated as no culprits were found to have been brought to book for the heinous crime.
Unfortunately, the position of the Divisional Police Officer [DPO] was reiterated by the Investigating Police Officer [IPO], and we are worried as it appears that the Police were more more interested with the issue of theft allegation than the case of the unlawful murder of the deceased. However, on the 10th of February, 2021, we took further steps by visiting the Homicide Section at Eleweran where we were informed that three (3) suspects were arrested regarding the death of MR. AKEEM OLALEYE, of which the shop owner and his two brothers were arrested. Our representative was duly informed that the said shop owner would be arraigned on Friday, the 12. February, 2021 [last week Friday] while his other brothers who were found not culpable would be released but till date, the arraignment has not taken place as the Shop Owner or anyone else is yet to be arraigned so far for the untimely death of the late MR AKEEM OLALEYE.
The family is worried and uncomfortable moreso when the corpse of the late MR. AKEEM OLALEYE is still lying in the morgue and without attention. Discreet information received suggests that the following people listed herein should be investigated in connection with the untimely death of the deceased; 1. TUNDE PART 2. SEUN[TUNDE PART BROTHER] 3. OLODO TYRE 4. SUNDAY ENUOBO 5. OLA and 6. KALAKUTA. Who are all within the precinct of Sango Garage.
Against, the foregoing, we hereby demand a re-opening of the investigation and arrest of the other suspects so identified for justice to be seen and done in the Case We count on your good office in addressing this issue.
ADEGOKE, A.O. ESQ.
OMOBOLA BAMIDELE ESQ.
Cc. DC Legal, Eleweran