Police Holds On To Slain Victim’s Body; Keeps Autopsy Report Secret

SEQUEL to the controversial death of an automobile mechanic in Ataoja Police Station’s in Osogbo, Osun State capital and the subsequent protest and petition that followed the incident, family of the deceased are still being denied the corpse of their son for proper burial. The police had in October 2008 detained the mechanic, Mr Dauda…”
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January 22, 2009 5:02 pm

SEQUEL to the controversial death of an automobile mechanic in Ataoja Police Station’s in Osogbo, Osun State capital and the subsequent protest and petition that followed the incident, family of the deceased are still being denied the corpse of their son for proper burial.

The police had in October 2008 detained the mechanic, Mr Dauda Najimu and claimed that the deceased hanged himself before his bail could be effected the following day.

Speaking with OSUN DEFENDER, mother of the deceased, Mrs. Kehinde Najimu said that the medical doctor that carried out the test on the corpse revealed to her that the Commissioner of police, Mr. John Moronike had collected the result of the test since last year November and saw no reason why the police authority has not informed her of the cause of her child’s death.

The disturbed mother disclosed that the police were playing games with her child’s body as she wondered what night be keeping them from releasing the body after the police authority had collected the result of the autopsy which she said was not shown to her uptill now.

According to the deceased’s mother, the police were playing frank with her, because “I have nobody to stand for me and one of the officers had tried to prevail on the Iresi community in Osogbo to stop any action toward filing any case in the court of law.”

The Iresi community in Osogbo had earlier, through a law firm, write the police authority wanting to know the cause of the death of the victim but later abandoned the mother because one of the affected officers happens to hails from the town.

OSUN DEFENDER investigations showed that the police authority is hiding facts from the family of the deceased as the commissioner of police who allegedly holds the result of the autopsy keeps it away from the deceased’s family.

Information also showed that police officer in charge of the case at zone 11 command has been taking advantage of the old woman, pushing her around.

The worried mother stated that her husband while inspecting the site of the incident disagreed that his son committing suicide, adding that the man is old and cannot run around, which she said was the reason behind her running around on her own.

However, rights groups in the state under the auspices of OSCARV had petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro and the National Assembly over the extra-judicial killings in the state in which the case of Najimu Dauda was stated.

The group had defended its petition in the force headquarters in Abuja. However, Mrs Kehinde urged the Assistant Inspector-General of police, AIG zone 11, Mr Tunde Alapinni to prevail on the commissioner of police, Mr. Moronike to release the body of her deceased son, so that the body could be given proper burial.

She also stated that if the police authority thought that they could go away with the murder, God would eventually do justice.

By SHINA ABUBAKAR

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