Widow petitions IG on son’s disappearance from SARS custody

Date: 18-01-2014 8:37 am (6 years ago) | Author: Direct
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Fifty five-year-old widow, Mrs. Bose Bajulaye, has written a petition to the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, detailing how her son, Joseph, went missing in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Lagos.

Saturday PUNCH had last week and a fortnight ago reported how 34-year-old Joseph allegedly stole a tricycle and was detained at the Ojodu Police Division, Lagos, after which operatives of SARS came for the suspect and took him to their headquarters in Ikeja.

But few weeks after that, SARS had denied he was ever in their custody. The police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, had made a finding at the SARS headquarters and told our correspondent that the squad said it had no record of his ever being detained there.

On Wednesday, Bajulaye, who said the police in Lagos were being economical with the truth, had written a petition to the country’s police chief, urging him to help locate his son.

She said in the petition, “My son confessed to stealing the tricycle and stated that he used the proceeds to rent an apartment through an estate agent, Mr. Oluwalopese of 118, Isuti Road, Odo, Igando, Lagos.

“The estate agent confirmed that men from SARS brought my son to his office in September and he was made to refund the sum of N160,000 my son paid for the apartment. He said he made the refund at SARS office.”

She explained that she was shocked that SARS now said he was never in their custody, even though the investigating police officer at Ojodu had informed our correspondent that the station kept a duplicate of the transfer file showing clearly that SARS took custody of him.

The Lagos State Public Advice Centre, Office of Public Defender and National Human Rights Commission were copied in the petition.

After no concrete explanation had been offered by the Lagos State Police Command, as to where Joseph is more than a week after Saturday PUNCH’s first story, the Force Public Relations Officer in Abuja, Mr. Frank Mba, was contacted. He wondered why no complaint had been lodged at the police headquarters in Lagos.

But after being informed that the police in Lagos had given no explanation, he promised to look into the matter.

“We will try and find out about the issue and see if we can get anything out of it,” he had said.

But on Wednesday, which was the following day, Mba did not pick calls when our correspondent attempted to contact him on the issue. On Thursday again, he did not pick calls.

Our correspondent got in touch with Braide thereafter, to see if any information could come out from her end.

But she promised to call back. When our correspondent got in touch with her the following day, she said she had made no headway in her quest to get a response from the Ojodu Police Division, which had claimed last week that it had a copy of the transfer file from SARS.

In our report last week, the IPO at Ojodu, a policewoman, had confirmed that Joseph was indeed taken away by SARS. This, our correspondent communicated to Braide who then promised to “send a signal” to Ojodu to request for the file.

But on Thursday, she said on the phone, “I have not got any reply from Ojodu because they said they don’t know who Eme (the IPO) is.”

 When our correspondent told her that he had the IPO’s telephone number, she requested that it should be sent to her.

“I have called the number many times now and she’s disconnecting it. She is not picking up,” she said, after the number was sent to her.

Attempts were made to also contact the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko, but none of his two phone numbers was going through as at Wednesday and Thursday.

However, a non-governmental organisation, Society for Love and Social Justice said there was a need for the IG to look into Bajulaye’s case, adding that it would stand by the widow to ensure she gets the answer she desperately seeks.

SLSJ said in a statement made available to our correspondent on Wednesday, “We are disturbed by the news of the disappearance of Joseph from the custody of SARS.”

The statement signed by SLSJ President, Dr. Adeolu Olusodo, states in part, “The disappearance of Joseph portrays the Nigerian Police as irresponsible and very carefree about the lives of Nigerians. We are fearful that the boy may have been killed by the men of SARS based on past allegations of extra-judicial killings against the police by local and international organisations.

“We therefore, call on the Inspector General of Police to look into this case of disappearance of a suspect from police custody and determine the whereabouts of the young man.

“We also call on Nigerians to add their voice to this call by sending a petition to the IG through all his contact points.”

The NGO said the police should have committed the era of holding suspects indefinitely in custody to the past.

Saturday PUNCH learnt that the Office of the Public Defender in Lagos had assigned a lawyer to represent Bajulaye as part of efforts to seek answers to the indigent widow’s question.

A police source contacted by our correspondent to ascertain the state of Joseph said operatives were keeping a tight lid on information regarding the young man, conscious that a slip could leak to the press.

“But they said the mother came too late, that’s all I can tell you for now,” the source said.

Posted: at 18-01-2014 08:37 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
- bitterpenis at 18-01-2014 09:15 AM (6 years ago)
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Definitely has been killed by SARS
Posted: at 18-01-2014 09:15 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dareper at 18-01-2014 09:18 AM (6 years ago)
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Only in nigeria will this happen and no one will ask question, too bad
Posted: at 18-01-2014 09:18 AM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- sheikt at 18-01-2014 09:23 AM (6 years ago)
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Dem don pai the guy.
Posted: at 18-01-2014 09:23 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- aso4life1 at 18-01-2014 09:31 AM (6 years ago)
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dem don Mud the guy......God punish those Police.

Posted: at 18-01-2014 09:31 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- emekaeneh at 18-01-2014 09:56 AM (6 years ago)
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Only in naija
Eneh say so via nokia 3310
Posted: at 18-01-2014 09:56 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- winace at 18-01-2014 10:11 AM (6 years ago)
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They have torture him to death as usual. Dat part of ikeja stink anytime u pass thru there.
Posted: at 18-01-2014 10:11 AM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- DRraze at 18-01-2014 10:18 AM (6 years ago)
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 Cry
Posted: at 18-01-2014 10:18 AM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- IDOKOO at 18-01-2014 11:53 AM (6 years ago)
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Madam, your son don enter ORE- O..
Posted: at 18-01-2014 11:53 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- italianjob at 18-01-2014 11:59 AM (6 years ago)
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They must've killed the boy, now the innocent blood they've been waisting has started hunting them. The law must take its full course on this matter.it is so pathetic. Naija police.
Posted: at 18-01-2014 11:59 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Wysetots at 18-01-2014 03:39 PM (6 years ago)
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Quote from: bitterpenis on 18-01-2014 09:15 AM
Definitely has been killed by SARS

And that's the Bitter Truth.
Posted: at 18-01-2014 03:39 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- kingoe at 18-01-2014 05:21 PM (6 years ago)
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Make i pass jor, when  u don dey hear sey ur son dey thief y u no advice...am? Who no how many live ur son don waste self
Posted: at 18-01-2014 05:21 PM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- mary11 at 18-01-2014 06:44 PM (6 years ago)
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Yes he should go answer 4 himself inside court

Posted: at 18-01-2014 06:44 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- chicco77 at 18-01-2014 07:09 PM (6 years ago)
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passing
Posted: at 18-01-2014 07:09 PM (6 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- ajanni at 18-01-2014 08:12 PM (6 years ago)
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Quote from: bitterpenis on 18-01-2014 09:15 AM
Definitely has been killed by SARS
lets assumed its not so ooooo
Posted: at 18-01-2014 08:12 PM (6 years ago) | Grande Master
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- ObyWBabaK at 18-01-2014 08:35 PM (6 years ago)
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 Sad
Posted: at 18-01-2014 08:35 PM (6 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- zoe61 at 18-01-2014 09:34 PM (6 years ago)
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9ja police are dangerous
Posted: at 18-01-2014 09:34 PM (6 years ago) | Hero
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- Ricardoprinz at 19-01-2014 06:09 AM (6 years ago)
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Omg what a country,haaa naija police,they will arrest u,prosecute u,judge u,find u guilty and execute the judgement. Bloods of innocent citizens that has been wasted for no just reasons are crying for revenge. Poor chap he pleaded guilty hoping that if taking to court he will get a lesser judgement.
Posted: at 19-01-2014 06:09 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- cruzing at 19-01-2014 07:54 AM (6 years ago)
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hmmm dey don useam for ritual
Posted: at 19-01-2014 07:54 AM (6 years ago) | Upcoming
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- osamabinladin at 19-01-2014 11:01 AM (6 years ago)
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Too bad !
Posted: at 19-01-2014 11:01 AM (6 years ago) | Hero
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