Mrs. Funmilayo Akinade has revealed that her son Seyi Akinade killed himself after losing N7 million while being detained illegally by SARS operatives.
She made this known to the panel of inquiry on police brutality in Ogun on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
According to Funmilayo Akinade, the operatives were from the Zonal Intervention Squad of SARS, a police formation at Obada – Oko, near Abeokuta, at that time.
The ZIS unit was later scrapped by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, following the alleged killing of a soccer star, Kazeem Tiyamiyu (aka Kaka) in February.
Funmilayo said her son, a student of the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), was taken in a raid on a student hostel in Abeokuta.
She said the operatives detained her son, causing him to lose N7m in forex trading before he sank into depression and killed himself.
She said he drank a poisonous liquid later confirmed by a medical doctor to be the insecticide brand “sniper”.
Recounting his experience, a witness and a friend of the deceased, Damilare Adejoro who was also among those arrested, said, “on February 3, 2020, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi and his three other colleagues raided and arrested all the 17 students staying inside Chocolate City Hostel at Camp, Abeokuta, detained and locked us all night inside the cell at the station.
Another witness and landlord of the victim, Olaleye Adejare, confirmed the incident, saying the police officers eventually collected N120,000 before releasing the students without any just cause.
One of the respondents, Inspector Babajide Adebusuyi, said they arrested the victim, “but it was because they got information that some people were smoking Indian hemp in the house even though the deceased, as well as his friend, was not culpable.”