Ayomide on sick mattress
At 20, younger Ayomide Taiwo was already the breadwinner of his household. His father had died just a few months after he was born on September eight, 2000 in Iragbiji, Boripe Native Authorities Space of Osun State. From then, the care of the household fell on the shoulders of his mom, Yemisi Taiwo, a farmer.
Missing monetary assets to proceed his training, Ayomide enrolled as an apprentice with a dressmaker in the identical city in the direction of the top of 2016. On the finish of the coaching in 2019, he launched into petty stitching to lift cash for his commencement which was billed for September 10 this 12 months. Sadly, he was killed by a police officer over a N50 bribe, a month earlier than the day that his mom had been trying ahead to.
Late Ayomide had come house from Owena the place he was practising his commerce to rejoice the Islamic competition, Eid-el-Kabir, together with his mom. Days after the occasion on August three, he determined to journey again to his base together with his pal, Wasiu Oladimeji. The deceased had purchased a bike which they have been using on the fateful journey.
The journey to grave
As if she had a premonition, earlier than leaving the home, Mrs Taiwo mentioned she had counselled her son to watch out with bribe-seeking cops on the street.
“Don’t argue with them on the street ooo. As soon as they ask for cash, give them N50,” the widow recalled telling her son. She additionally recalled giving him 10 N50 notes (N500) for the bribes.
At Ere Junction in Obokun, Ayomide and his pal have been stopped by cops at a checkpoint; and as standard, they demanded a bribe. Mr Oladimeji mentioned 4 officers hooked up to Obokun Divisional Police Headquarters stopped them and in the middle of negotiating the bribe, an inspector who appeared drunk, In the past Egharevba, hit Ayomide with butt of his riffle.
“The officer was indignant that he supplied them N50. After hitting Ayomide’s head, we each fell from the motorbike and blood was speeding out from his head, nostril, mouth and ears. I additionally suffered damage,” Mr Oladimeji mentioned. “Instantly that occurred, the officers who weren’t drunk ran away. Because the one who carried out the assault was making an attempt to flee, he was apprehended by passersby. We have been later requested to hurry Ayomide to hospital.”
A failed battle for survival
“A couple of minutes after he left, some individuals ran to my home crying that Ayomide had been attacked by a police officer. I used to be curious, figuring out full effectively that my son was not a trouble-maker. Upon getting there, I met him in a pool of blood,” the mom recalled, weeping as she spoke with PREMIUM TIMES.
The household took Mr Ayomide to Ladoke Akintola Educating Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo the place he was admitted into the intensive care unit of the hospital. He spent six days in coma till he finally handed away on August 9.
“If I knew he was going to die, I might not have allowed him to depart,” the girl mentioned.
On the eve of the day of the incident, the DPO of Obokun police station, merely recognized as Mr Atanda, got here to the hospital with N30,000 and by no means returned. He has since refused to answer calls from the sufferer’s members of the family.
“To make sure my son survived, I offered my two farms for N350,000 and in addition took additional mortgage nevertheless it didn’t finish effectively. Now, I’ve no baby to take care of me. Even at 20, he was the breadwinner of the household and the go-to particular person both financially or in different sundry areas I wanted help,” Mrs Taiwo mentioned. “The world has ended for me as my star had gone. Ayomide was a mirrored image of his title and I doubt if I’ll get well from the grief.”
Her tears pressured this reporter to cease the interview.
Corroborating his mom’s account, Adebayo, an elder brother to the deceased, mentioned the household needs justice to be allotted over the incident. He mentioned the household spent over N400,000 to save lots of Ayomide’s life nevertheless it was in useless.
Police actions, inactions
Whereas the officer who fatally attacked Mr Ayomide is in custody, the household mentioned the police didn’t help with the hospital payments. They accused the police of negligence and inhumane acts.
“After Ayomide was confirmed lifeless, we got one other invoice of N79,000 to pay at LAUTECH to say the physique. Sadly, the cash I had alongside my mum that day was simply N11,000. I referred to as the police DPO to tell him however he shouted at me on the cellphone that we should always ‘dump’ him within the mortuary. Since then, he has not responded to my calls and we don’t know get Ayomide out of the mortuary. We should have buried him however we’re petrified of incurring extra debt. So, he’s nonetheless within the mortuary as we converse,” Adebayo concluded.
The Commissioner of Police in Osun, Undie Adie, has really helpful the dismissal of Mr Egharevbe, the officer who attacked Ayomide, to the Inspector-Normal of Police.
On August 17, a Justice of the Peace Court docket in Obokun remanded the officer for the killing which the prosecution mentioned is opposite to and punishable beneath Part 319(1) of the Prison Code Cap. 34 Vol. Il Legal guidelines of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.
The Justice of the Peace, B.O. Awosan, remanded the accused in Ilesa Correctional Centre and adjourned the case until October 19.
For 3 days, the state police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola, refused to answer our correspondent’s enquiries on whether or not the police have compensation for households of victims of such incidents. PREMIUM TIMES’ findings, nonetheless, revealed that the police would not have any coverage of compensation for households of victims of extra-judicial killings.
Two prime officers who spoke beneath anonymity mentioned there is no such thing as a compensation for even households of officers who die on official duties.
“The one means by which the household of the deceased can get compensation is that if they’ve anyone on the prime to assist foyer the authorities. Ordinarily, there’s no provision or any coverage for households of victims of extra-judicial killings. The most effective that may occur is dismissal of the perpetrators after which cost him to courtroom,” one of many officers mentioned.
“Even cops who die throughout official duties not often get insurance coverage. The households of cops must look forward to years for insurance coverage of the officers which is commonly lower than 5 hundred thousand naira.”
Lengthy prior to now, the Nigerian police drive has been a haven for violators of human rights regardless of warnings from the IGP and presidency. Mounting roadblocks is among the best methods for officers to shakedown motorists.
They compromise their official duties by taking arbitrary ‘fines’ from motorists and squeeze out as a lot as they’ll inside the tempo of some seconds.
A sergeant was dismissed in 2013 following a viral video that confirmed him soliciting bribe in Lagos and in 2017 4 officers have been dismissed for extorting a citizen in Ijebu Ode Space, Ogun State.
In December 2018, the police in Ekiti sacked an officer for killing a motorist who reportedly refused to adjust to bribe calls for at a checkpoint.
Apparently, within the warmth of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigerian Human Rights Fee (NHRC) reported that over 105 circumstances of rights abuse have been documented inside the nation whereas regulation enforcement brokers, majorly composed of cops, have been imposing the preliminary lockdown.
At the moment, COVID-19 had claimed 11 lives within the nation however there have been already eight documented incidents of extra-judicial killing resulting in 18 deaths – majority perpetrated by cops.
Reacting to the most recent killing, a human rights activist, Festus Ogun, mentioned late Ayomide’s demise is unfair, unacceptable and has no place in a civilized society.
“Human life is simply too sacred to be extrajudicially taken away by these ordinarily meant to guard it. Isn’t it lamentable that the Nigerian state devours its residents by its safety officers? Studies have it that some cops are extra of murderers than regulation enforcement brokers; killing indiscriminately as if human lives means nothing.”
“Additional-judicial killing is an aberration beneath the Nigerian constitutional jurisprudence. Part 33 of the 1999 Structure ensures the correct to life of each human and taking it away in such an agonizing method is the best encroachment on human rights. Whether or not excessive or low, justice should not solely be served, it have to be seen to have been served. Impunity simply has to cease in Nigeria,” the lawyer mentioned.
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