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End SARS: Petitioner tells panel he’s carrying bullet since 2017

A petitioner, Mr. Teslim Ibitoye, has narrated how he and his youthful brother had been shot by police over an offence they knew nothing about.

Ibitoye disclosed this on Thursday in a petition to the Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Associated Further Judicial Killings when the panel resumed sitting.

Ibitoye mentioned he was shot 3 times at totally different components of the physique by the police whereas his youthful brother, Akeem Olakunle Ibitoye, who sustained levels of gunshot accidents, gave up the ghost instantly.

That is even because the spouse of the deceased, Kafayat Ibitoye, urged the panel to prevail on the police authorities to launch the corpse of her partner that had been withheld and saved within the morgue since 2017.

The petitioners, who had approached the panel for justice, decried the brutality meted out to them which, in keeping with them, had thrown the household into eternal sorrow and irreparable loss.

Narrating his ordeal by the hands of the police, Teslim Ibitoye, revealed that he has been carrying a life bullet in his spinal wire for the reason that incident occurred.

He mentioned the incident had bodily deformed him as he had sustained gunshot accidents throughout his physique.

Ibitoye, who was on the verge of crying however tried to carry again his tears, mentioned he wanted to be taken abroad for quick medical operation to take away the bullet from his physique.

He added: “On this fateful day, my youthful brother and I went to see our cousin, one Mr. Nureni at Erin-Osun. Although we didn’t meet him at residence, once we known as him, he requested us to attend for him. However instantly he joined us, all I heard had been gunshots. I couldn’t phantom the place the gunshots had been coming from. All I might keep in mind was that I all of the sudden grew to become unconscious.

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“The three of us had been taken into the car. Myself, the corpse of my brother who died instantly and our cousin. It was after I was laid within the car that I partially wakened and noticed the policemen who had been accusing us of kidnapping.

“I used to be taken to the hospital instantly and after I regained consciousness, we had been taken to the Police State Command, Osogbo, the place the then Commissioner of Police ordered correct medical remedy.

“However to my shock, after a couple of weeks, some officers sneaked us out of the Command and I used to be taken to Abuja the place I spent a couple of days.

“After I bought to Abuja, I used to be handed over to Abba Kyari, the top of the Police Intelligence Response Workforce, who, after seeing my well being situation, requested them to take me to the hospital. I used to be ultimately admitted to Basic Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, the place I spent a number of days on a sick mattress.

“I used to be discharged from the hospital on the first of August, 2017 after which I used to be taken to State Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) Headquarters the place I spent two weeks earlier than I used to be ultimately launched.

“We took the matter to the Excessive Courtroom, Osogbo, after my launch however I used to be not happy with the judgement because the matter was struck out unjustly. Although, the interpretation of the judgement was that our arrest at that materials time was due to the proliferation of kidnapping.

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“So, now we have come right here to hunt justice. Our hope lies closely on the result of the panel on this case, as a result of the corpse of my brother continues to be in police custody since 2017, near 4 years.

“I’m interesting to the panel to prevail on the police authorities to launch the corpse to us and prepare how I can be flown overseas to obtain medical operation as a result of for the reason that incident occurred, I’ve been carrying a life bullet in my spinal wire, and all efforts to get it operated in Nigeria proved abortive; and I’ve been suggested to go abroad for the operation.”

The petitioners additional appealed to the panel to award them cheap compensation to cushion the consequences of all that had occurred to them.

DAILY POST remembers that the panel had on the adjourned date directed the 2 events via their counsel to go to and make sure if the corpse was nonetheless within the morgue, on the State Basic Hospital, Osogbo, the place the corpse is preserved.

On the resumed listening to on Thursday, the Counsel for the respondent, Barrister J. Idoko, confirmed the existence of the corpse on the morgue, a declare that was affirmed by the petitioners.

Chairman of the panel, Justice Akin Oladimeji, mentioned the case wouldn’t be continued because of the absence of the petitioners’ counsel who had earlier knowledgeable the panel of one other engagement.

He, due to this fact, adjourned the case to March 1st, 2021 for additional listening to.

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