Mile 12 Killing: Court Orders IGP To Show Course Why Detainees Should Not Be Released
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Daniel Osiagor today ordered the Inspector General of police (IGP) to show cause why the two detainees, Oyegoke Oyedele and Ahmed Olaitan, who were arrested over the killing of the killing of Sulaimon Onaolapo, popularly known as Ariku, a chieftain of Lagos Parks and Garage Management, should not be released.
Others affected by the court order are; the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CSP Adigun Abdulfatai Abolarin Officer in Charge of Strike Team and the Investigation Police Officer, Seun Adegoke.
Sulaimon, popularly a k.a Ariku, who was the chairman of Mile 12, kosofe Local Government Area, Lagos section of the Parks and Garage Management, before he was murdered on August 17.
The applicants, Oyegoke and Olaitan had through their layer, Mr Bayo Onifade approached the court with a fundament rights enforcement application asking for a court order directing the police to release them from thier continuous detention if they (police) do not have anything against them, or in the alternative to charge them to court.
Onifade had in the fundamental Right Enforcement application ask the court for an order releasing in the interim the the two detainees from the custody of the respondents forthwith and pending the determination of the substantive application and for such further order or orders as the court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.
In the affidavit filed in support of the applications, the applicants’ wives, Kafayati Olaitan, and Mrs. Wuraola Oyedele, averred that their husbands voluntarily reported at the Office of the third respondent, Adigun Abdulfatai Abolarin, on September 1, 2022 in the company of Mr Dolapo Oni and were subsequently detained by the third respondent on the instructions of the IGP and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, and have not been released ever since, nor charged to court till date.
The deponents stated that their husbands reported to the third respondent’s office sequel to the third respondent’s invitation requesting one Mr Dolapo Oni to produce them in view of a pending investigation.
It was also stated in the affidavit filed in support of the exparte applications, that the third respondent, claimed that their detention was on the order of the IGP and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, so that they could help in locating or produce some young men namely; Washinshi, Shame, Saviour and Snakiri who were declared wanted in respect of their alleged involvement in the murder of Arikuyeri.
The applicants said they have since been detained simply on excuse to help the respondents locate these young men alleged to be involved in the killing.
It was also averred that they are being detained on the instructions of the first and second respondents and were under immense pressure to find track and arrest these young men.
The deponents also stated that their husbands have no criminal record whatsoever and are presently very ill and have not been receiving adequate medical attention.
The detainees, who are Real Estate Broker working with Mr Dolapo Oni, who produced them before the police, while all effort to secure their bail ever since has failed.
Counsel to the the applicants, Mr Bayo Onifade in his submission told earlier Justice Daniel Osiagor that in support of the fundamental Right applications, the applicants attached a Digital Video Disc (DVD) recording of the interview of the brother of the deceased by pressmen downloaded from the internet using HP630 Laptop and was recorded using a Canon Digital Video Recording Machine DSLR7D Serial Number 1270806608.
Meanwhile, Justice Osiagor has adjourned till September 26, for further hearing.