The Lagos State Police have denied a report that some officers attached to Area D Command in Mushin area tortured a motorcycle rider, Ibrahim Kosoko to death.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, said the allegation was untrue.
He said, “The Area Commander said there was no torture and that the suspects arrested were suspected to be part of the Idi-Oro mayhem. As a result, they were questioned and interviewed and it was discovered they had no specific place of abode. A senior officer came for the bail of three of them, including the man in question. He was not tortured or assaulted.”
It was reported that the 41-year-old deceased was among nine suspects picked up by the operatives during a raid on a shopping complex at Agege-Motor Road.
The policemen were said to have demanded the whereabouts of one Ilesanmi, who was suspected to be among the masterminds of April 2017 mayhem in Idi-Oro.
The suspects allegedly denied Ilesanmi’s whereabouts and taken to the area command, where they were detained.
PUNCH reports that an investigating police officer identified only as Eric accused Ibrahim of being Ilesanmi and tortured him.
It was also gathered that a policeman attached to the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Team later intervened and got Ibrahim and another suspect released.
But Ibrahim allegedly succumbed to his injuries and died on Saturday.
The deceased’s wife, Funmilayo Kosoko, 39, said Ibrahim gave up after complaining of pains.
“I was told that a policeman hit him on the head with a big stick during the torture. When he returned, he complained of pains. He died on Saturday. I want the government to arrest that IPO and give us justice,” she said.
- Bola Kougbe