The Ogun State Police authority has promised to ensure due process in a matter involving lost of two lives and some injured which was petitioned to the leadership of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) on Monday, March 8th, 2021 by one Oguntade Mufutau Adewale, the father of the deceased child and husband of the injured wife.
The petitioner in his letter to HURMA alleged police conspiracy and threat to withdraw any charges against the accused who was driving an expensive Toyota Camry vehicle but left his lane and cross to other lane to hit a Marwa tricycle which caused some deaths and some on admission at a General Hospital in Ijebu Ode.
According to his petition, the police Divisional Headquarters at Obalende in Ogun State offered him One Hundred thousand naira and insisted that he takes the offer and withdraw his matter from the station.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, whose attention was called to the matter same day the Rights Monitors received the petition said on Tuesday, March 9th that the State Command has commenced investigation on the case and request that the petitioner should relate directly with his office henceforth. He also assured that justice would surely be done as the Nigeria Police Force is working seriously towards operating an open door policy with the citizens. This statement was made public in a phone conversation, during a Human Rights program titled “Labe-Ofin” (Rule of Law) anchored by HURMA Executive Director, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak on Bond FM 92.9, Radio Nigeria. The PPRO also clarified that investigation so far shows that officers at the police station were simply trying to present the offer made by the accused family. However it was assured that further detailed investigation will be made with total justice.
The petitioner who was also invited to the radio program to present his plight left Lagos to meet the Ogun State PPRO in high spirit of assured justice.
His petition to HURMA with the title,
“LETTER OF ASSISTANCE AGAINST INJUSTICE BY OGUN STATE POLICE” reads in parts:
“Early hour of 11:00am on the 17th of February , 2021 my wife and my three Children went out and board a Tricycle with plate no: TTN 079VI heading to Imodi suddenly an accident occured where a Yahoo guy left his line and hit the tricycle where my wife and my three children are and unfortunately Three people died instantly My Daughter and another woman Daughter and the Tricycle driver and my wife was seriously injured her two hands were broken and her wrists were broken as well. She is still at General Hospital Ijebu Ode till date, and when the guy noticed this he ran away and left his car. Plate No: BDG849GP Toyota Camry L.E Black color, “Police from Obalende Division, Ijebu Ode where informed by Area Commander according to them and they came to take away the car to their station, and there DTO came to check on my wife at the hospital twice in a nutshell DTO called me to come to the station which I asked my brother to go as I was not around then and DTO said the guy family came after two weeks that they wanted to bail the car and give me One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) to die down the case and my brother called me to inform me which I disagree and I refuse to collect the money and the DTO said to me that’s “if they charge the case to court and court order them to bail the car” what will I do and I was annoyed course this is cheating after killing one of my child and wound my wife and they are telling me to collect 100,000 to die down the case.
“Please kindly see to my heed and help me am begging you this people must not go unpunished because they are about to cheat me because I don’t have money like they did.”
The entire public were highly impressed by the PPRO’s prompt response to the matter and envisage extension of such representation to the entire police formations across the country.
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