The Nigeria Police has debunked reports published by some media organisations and some social media platforms that a 47-year-old Olaoluwa Bolarinwa who was arrested in connection with robbery activities in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, was tortured to death by members of the Inspector General of Police Special Tactical Squad (IGPSTS) while in their custody at Itele area of Lafenwa, Ogun State.
Adeshina Boyo, a member of the family of Olaoluwa, had stated in an earlier statement made to some media houses said, “They called my brother an armed robber even without taking him to court. Nigerians should stand up and fight for us. My brother’s death is a case of extrajudicial killing. He was murdered! My brother was not a thief and neither was he an armed robber. My brother was a community leader in his community and everyone knew him.”
A team of concerned crime reporters took it upon themselves therefore to ascertain the veracity of the claim made by his family to newsmen by visiting the said police command at Itele in Ogun State, where the suspect was kept before his death.
A call was made to the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, to get his reaction to the allegations made by the family of the deceased against his men, in response, he said, “Bolarinwa, fondly called ‘Laolu’ was arrested on March 26, 2020, in Ekotedo Iya Olobe, Ibadan, along with his nephew, Oreoluwa Abiona, over robbery cases and must have been charged to court if not because of COVID -19 pandemic ravaging the world.
The FPRO further said, “Laolu died in hospital where he was admitted after noticing chronic illness in him,” adding that it was confirmed by the doctor the deceased was an ulcer patient.
“The deceased’s family has the right to visit the hospital for more confirmation instead of lying that police killed their brother and denied them access to the corpse for proper burial. It is surprising that the deceased’s family is insisting he wasn’t an armed robber after he and other suspects have made confessional statements.”