A suspect identified as Muhammed who was arrested by the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) operatives in Obada, Abeokuta, Ogun State for alleged theft of company goods has narrated how his co-suspect Jubril Mohammed was tortured to death by police operatives.
Mr Muhammed claimed that the policemen tortured the 20-year-old till he collapsed, adding that he was taken to a hospital where he died, The Punch reports.
Jubril was among the eight suspects transferred from the Ibafo Police Station to the ZIS.
The Borno State indigene was allegedly beaten to death by detectives investigating the alleged theft few days after he was brought to the ZIS.
The unit commander reportedly broke the news of his death to the family on Monday.
Zone 2 police spokesperson Dolapo Badmos however said the victim was sick before he died.
“While investigation was ongoing, he complained of stomach ache. His father also attested to the fact that he had ulcer. He brought the medication to be used, but the police said they could not administer it.
“They initially thought he was pretending, but he was taken to a hospital where he died. An autopsy will be conducted on the corpse to determine the actual cause of death,” Badmos said.
Jubril’s father, Ibrahim, said when he visited his son a day after he was re-arrested, he could not recognise him again.
“I went to the station on Friday and after waiting till the evening, they brought him to me. I saw a lot of injuries on my son’s body. They had tortured him seriously.
“He said they told him to confess or else they would kill him. He could barely walk. The owner of the company said the stolen goods were worth about N7m and N8m,” Mr Ibrahim said.