Police Refute Allegations of Torturing Suspected Cultist to Death in Ogun

Police Refute Allegations of Torturing Suspected Cultist to Death in Ogun

The Ogun State Police Command has refuted media reports claiming that Oduyiga Seyi Samson, a suspected cultist, was tortured to death at the command. Oduyiga, aged 39, along with another suspected cultist, Gbenga Adejoke, had been on the police’s wanted list and was apprehended on November 18 based on intelligence reports.

Omolola Odutola, the Police Public Relations Officer for the state, clarified that Oduyiga was taken to court on Thursday for arraignment on a cultism case in Isabo Abeokuta. However, the court did not sit, and he was returned to Eleweran in Abeokuta. The suspect, who was to be arraigned the following Friday, reportedly exhibited signs of madness around 5:00 a.m on Friday.

Following this development, the spokesperson stated that Oduyiga was taken to the police hospital and subsequently to Ijaye General Hospital Abeokuta, where he later passed away. The command has initiated an autopsy, and further details will be provided once the report is available.

Odutola emphasized that the police command strongly denies allegations of torture, stating the commitment to upholding fundamental human rights laws and protocols when it comes to the treatment of suspects. She highlighted the police’s adherence to legal frameworks that safeguard the rights of individuals in custody, ensuring freedom from all forms of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.

Providing context to the arrest, Odutola mentioned that Oduyiga and Gbenga Adejoke were notorious members of the Buccaneer and Eiye confraternity, with both confessing to their involvement in a statement during interrogation. The police emphasized their dedication to maintaining transparency and pledged to share additional details once the autopsy report is available.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Alamutu Abiodun Mustapha, expressed condolences to the deceased’s family while debunking other allegations, affirming that the accurate position is as stated above.


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