Feb 20, 2018 – Police Release Robbery Suspect Arrested In Ipaja Lagos, Say Head Wound Odour Disturbing Cell Mates
A robbery suspect released from police custody has pitched Ipaja Lagos residents against the police.
DPO Shedrack Oriloye has been accused of collecting shielding the suspect, Saheed Haruna who allegedly stole a bike belonging to one Afeez Fashoro on Oyebanjo street on the 16th of February 2018.
According to a resident, Haruna was stripped and beaten because that was not the first time he was caught stealing in the neighbourhood.
“We did not want to hand him over to Ipaja Police Division because a lot of people had complained that each time they caught and took him there, he always found his way out.
“But eventually, a patrol vehicle came. I want to believe that either the Area Commander or Rapid Response Squad (RRS) contacted the DPO before he dispatched the patrol team to the scene.
“When they came, the policemen said we must go and treat the suspect first. That he was injured while he was being beaten. The community took him to the hospital and treated him.
“Then, we all moved down to the station and that was how other victims he had stolen their motorcycles started complaining that the police always released the guy each time he was caught and handed over to them.
“The Investigating Police Officer (IPO), Aku Martins, told us to bring N15,000 so that the suspect could be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) in Panti.
“The community leaders refused to give him the money. They said the demand was strange to them since they had already paid for the suspect’s treatment.
“But instead of charging the suspect to court or transfer him, they released him. They claimed that the injury on his head was smelling and that it was causing inconvenience for his cell mates.
“They released him on Sunday night without even telling the community leaders who handed him over to them.”
Another resident, Nurudeen, who appealed to the Police Commissioner, Imohimi Edgal, to investigate the division, faulted claims that Haruna’s injured head was smelling.
“It is a lie. The owner of the motorcycle went to the police on Sunday morning and took the guy to the hospital for his injury to be dressed. After the dressing, he took him back to the station. There’s no way the wound would have smelt between Sunday morning and around 8pm when they released him to his family.
“The police did not even tell us anything. They said they are sending him home to be with his parents and that he should come back on Tuesday so that the matter would be charged to court.
“Is that not a dangerous practice? A young man that has been robbing and disturbing our neighbourhood. Each time he’s arrested, he finds his way back to the street to continue his crime.
“The IPO went and met the owner of the motorcycle to convince him to withdraw the case but Fashoro told the IPO that it was the community that caught the suspect and the community was the complainant.
“But the IPO said he had no business with the community since it was his motorcycle that was stolen. Then, since that day, they have kept Fashoro’s motorcycle at the station. They did not release it to him but they allowed the suspect to go home.
“The Area Commander and the Police Commissioner need to beam their searchlight on Ipaja Police Station. Why should the division be protecting a serial ‘robber’?”