Did this boy commit suicide in police custody?

Published 9 years ago by: Daniel Bosai
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at 01:20 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)

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While his body remains at the mortuary, the above riddle is at the center of the death of Haruna Shaibu at Obangede, Okehi Local Government of Kogi State. He was alleged to have committed suicide in the cell when he was in custody of the police there.


The family is, however, not convinced Haruna hung himself. Despite the overtures made to them by community leaders, council chairman and the clan chief, the family has refused to collect Haruna’s body which lies cold at the Obangede General Hospital.

According to Haruna’s brother,Ayodele Shaibu, otherwise known as Pastor Joseph Onono, who doubles as the family spokesman, the family is now being persecuted for refusing the overtures of community leaders to collect and bury his brother.

“The chairman of Okehi LG, Alhaji Ibrahim Adagu, gave us N10,000 and ordered us to collect the body. We refused because the police and other accomplices are yet to explain to us how my brother died. And for refusing to accept his body, thugs were sent after us. They invaded our house to disperse and harass us. I had to call the police before they allowed us to live in peace.”

Haruna’s journey to death began on September 17, 2010 when he was arrested on allegation of theft. In a petition to the Inspector General of Police, the lawyer described those who arrested Haruna as a group that is in charge of an “illegal security outfit ”. He was taken to Obangede Police Station and detained. Few days after his arrest, the police claimed the deceased committed suicide in their custody.
Onono told Daily Sun that until the circumstances surrounding the death of Haruna are established, he would not collect his brother’s body.

He hinged his assertion on allegation that his brother’s death must have arisen from police’s complicity with local politicians to use his corpse for ritual purposes. He also alleged that, the other man accused of the same offence and arrested along with his brother was released immediately after his family paid some money and wondered how anybody in police custody could have access to a belt which the police claimed the deceased used to hang himself.

He also faulted the picture of his brother that was shown to him and the narration of the police: “How would a hung person’s feet be on the ground instead of being suspended?”
The petition to the IGP bythe family’s lawyer said: “our client’s complaint is yet to be looked into namely, that a post-mortem examination be carried out to ascertain the cause of the death of the deceased.

The need for a post-mortem exercise becomes the more real as the medical officer in the General Hospital, Obangede who received the corpse of the deceased into the mortuary was baffled at noticing some blood stains on the make-shift stretcher. This is aside from the fact that the police building at Obangede is decked.”

The family’s solicitors therefore asked that a post-mortem be done to determine the real cause of death with a view to bringing to book anybody that might be involved in the death of the deceased.

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donuche at 01:43 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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this boy looks like a teen and i wonder why the police should  lock him in a cell instead of the juvenile correctional center where under aged people are kept.i think there is more to this guys death. let the police come out and tell us what really happened
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kc40 at 01:49 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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NA WAAA FOR HOUR POLICE PEOPLES
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kc40 at 01:54 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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WERE DID HE GOT ROPE FROM
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Commonsense at 01:54 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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Quote from: donuche on 01:43 AM, 20/12/2010
this boy looks like a teen and i wonder why the police should  lock him in a cell instead of the juvenile correctional center where under aged people are kept.i think there is more to this guys death. let the police come out and tell us what really happened

My brother there is no juvenile correction centre in Nigeria, do you think Nigeria is like Europe? What do you expect from a country where a traffic offender is put into the same cell with a notorious armed robber?
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Pointzero at 01:56 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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I suggest that an AUTOPSY is required

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chunny123 at 02:29 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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 Sad there  is rely more to this,the police men are not saying the truth
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destiny247 at 02:36 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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One of the Christmas Palaver.. God will judge all the incompetence and bribery ass holes that calls themselves Officers... Officers my foot. When robbery is going on they won't surface until the hoodlums are gone then they will come out and start picking on the innocent ones.. thunder fire our illiterate Officers .no nigerian officer is holding a police degree..
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bodeniyi at 04:47 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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JEsus!!! Come quick, save our souls, Nigeria is just getting worse and worse day by day, am a nigerian but things I read daily make me not want to go back home soon, O Lord, in your hands I commit Nigeria, Take charge soon, A teenager in a cell?Huh?Huh?Huh?Huh?Huh??? where did he get the rope? what time did he commit the suicide thing, something sounds like a mystery here.
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Paschaldon at 06:38 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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9ja police nawa ooo!!!
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donukeme at 06:42 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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Something tell me that boy is innocent.the police are only trying to bury the case.
The care should be transfer to another station and then taken to court.
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LEONE at 07:07 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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Nigeria's cops are thieves in uniform.
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Ascondy at 07:18 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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See O!!!!!!! Kai, i d fear make God no start judgement from naija but i still pray if he go start make he start 4r our police, politician and all d bad pple dem.
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fineguy147 at 07:20 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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Police are the armed rubbers we have in that country, in this young boy's case, the police, some of the community leaders mentioned and the local government chair man, have a hand in the innocent boy's death if not i wonder why they want to force the family to take his dead body. Human right activist all over the world should stand up and fight for this boy and his family, each time i read stuff like this i feel so bad, what is our country turning into, my God help the poor.
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lanudja at 07:35 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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May his killers be known an brought to book. I pray God to give the family the fortitude to bear the lost. May his soul RIP
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chiclef79 at 07:42 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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SUCH A PITY. I FELT FOR THE FAMILY AND THE INNOCENT BOY, POLICE MURDER phyukERS. I'M PREPARED FOR YOU BASTARDS WHEN I COME BACK TO NIGERIA. STOP ME AND ASK ME FOR 20phyukING NAIRA, IF YOU DON'T GET BULLET DOWN YOUR BRAIN CALL ME IDIOT. I HATE THOSE BASTARDS POLICE. THEY RE BUNCH OF CRIMINALS, BECAUSE THE FAMILY DIDN'T BRIBE THEM, THEY HAVE TO KILL THE INNOCENT BOY AND CLAIM HE HUNGED HIMSELF.....YOU GUYS RE IN TROUBLE OH!!!  I SWEAR TO GOD IF ANY IDIOT POLICE TRY ME I GO KILL AM AND NOTHING GO HAPPEN..... THATS WHY ARMROBBERS SHOOT THEM LIKE PURE WATER, KILL THE MURDER phyukING POLICE OFFICERS. MR PRESIDENT YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BUNCH OF POLICE CRIMINALS ELSE MORE INNOCENT PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR LIVES.....
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ajanni at 08:55 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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very unfortunate incident , and that itself once more exposes the nigerian police as death traps instead of being a life saver , no doubt ,the police are involved in the death of that inocent boy and let the family maintain heir stand atleast not only for their own benefit and their concerns for their beloved son , bot for the benefits of all nigerian at large in order to minimise consistancy of such a similar incident, GOD will exposed whoso ever has a hand in the death of the inocent boy on a flimsy excuise of a fake theft accusation , they will never lives in peace ,and will not know happiness until justice is done
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onedoor1010 at 09:20 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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They turture the boy to death don,t mind the police......where the innocent boy brings rope to hang him self.....oloriburuku police officers..
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Eucharia at 09:35 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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Police men are liars and Murderer, where did the boy see rope to hung himself, this is a very sad story is a pity. may his soul rest in peace.
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MissyBarbie at 09:38 AM, 20/12/2010 (9 years ago)
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Are the Nigeria's Police now murderers? the family shud not rest until they know the cause of his death
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