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Deceased Detainee dubiously charged to Court after Death

Deceased Detainee dubiously charged to Court after Death

A young man lost his life under highly questionable circumstances in the custody of officials at the Lagos State Command headquarters, Ikeja, Lagos. The deceased was, after his death, dubiously charged to Court!!

Despite efforts made before and sequel to the #EndSARS nationwide protest, rogue police officers are still allegedly torturing detainees to the extent of murder. It is appalling and regrettable that after receiving information that our client was dead, we called the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) to confirm the authenticity of the information; unfortunately, the IPO denied it.

Upon arraignment in Court, the deceased was arraigned posthumously with no explanation about his death. Our Legal Team made several efforts to ensure the victim’s release during his prolonged 2weeks detention; sad to note that the Officers sabotaged all efforts. 

The extrajudicial killing must stop! 

It is saddening that such unfortunate happenings continue despite efforts and energy devoted to stopping this menace by Citizens’ Gavel and other sister organisations. 

However, our Legal Team has prepared a comprehensive petition to the  Public Complaints and Response Unit (PCRU) for proper investigations. 

Justice shall prevail!

Taiwo Makanjuola

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