A 79-year-old man,Pa David Adekunle whose son Adeyinka Adekunle was allegedly tortured to death by some solders in the Nigeria Army,Ibodi, osun state, has cried out for justice from the Osun state Government,the Military and Police Authorities to intervain into the matter.
Pa David expressed his dissatifaction over the way and manner by which case was being handled since his son was beaten to death by some solders,saying some people are making efforts to bury the case.
It would be recalled on Thursday, March 24,2022,Adeyinka Adekunle,a car dealer, was tortured to death as a result of Fracas that ensued between him Adeyinka,a friend Solomon Ogundare and three soldiers who were not in uniform,said to have met at a beer parlour situated along imo-brewery road in ilesa .
Report says in the course of the fracas at the beer parlour, Adeyinka escaped from the area, his friend Ogundare was caught along line a Lexus 250 car belonging to Adeyinka were taken to the barracks, where he was tortured and locked up in a cell.
The following day Adeyinka and Ogundare’s sister, Elizabeth Itunu went to the Nigeria Army barrack in Ibodi to bail out Ogundare and the car but on getting there the duo met the unexpected as Adeyinka was recognized and dragged as the soldiers descended on him and Ogundare with serious beaten till Adeyinka gave up the ghost.
According to Ogundare’s sister, Elizabeth Itunu, said “she spoke to the soldiers during a visit to the barracks and they demanded N500,000 for the release of the car.
She said, “The soldiers said we would have to pay the money they used to tow the vehicle. I called Adeyinka and told him their demand. He thought the soldiers would not recognise him because the fracas happened at night.
“As we were both begging the soldiers, one of them identified him and that was how they seized him and started beating him in my presence. My brother was also tortured as well.
“So, I told the soldiers that now that you have beaten them, can you allow us take them for treatment? They did not listen. Instead, the young soldier who started the fight the previous night said he had not beaten them and he would start his own the following day.
“After much begging, they agreed to take N200,000 from us. I asked Adeyinka how much he had, and he said N40,000.
“We gathered N140,000 and I begged the soldiers to take the money and release them to us that night, and when we completed the payment, they could release the car; but they refused.”
Itunnu stressed that she and a few other friends returned home without either Adeyinka or Ogundare, who were locked up in the guardroom.
The following day, she returned to the barracks and met the two men cutting grass as the soldiers whipped and kicked them.
“I observed that Adeyinka was very weak. He suddenly fell. They thought he was pretending and they started hitting him. When they saw that he was not moving, they checked his body and their boss said he should be rushed to a hospital,” she added.
Itunnu explained that her brother was put in the army truck, saying she later heard that the car dealer died before he got to a hospital.
Pa David said when he got to know about the incident,he was informed that some solders have taken his son to the police station and he immediately headed to Ayeso Police Division in Ilesa to know his whereabout but on getting there he was referred to the hospital by the police.
The Ground pa said “I went to the Ayeso Police Division and the police said they did not see any soldier. One of the policemen said I should go to Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa. On getting to the hospital, I was referred to the mortuary.
“At the mortuary, they said soldiers brought a corpse, but they rejected it and demanded to see a police report. They said they were forced to take the body. They brought out the body and it turned out to be my son,” he added”.
He also accused the Osu Divisional Police Officer, Akinsanya Ebenezer, who had jurisdiction over the matter, of attempting to bury the case.
The elderly man said he has reported the case at the police headquarters, Osogbo and waiting for their speedy intervention.
Pa David who expressed his sadness over the ugly incident saying some people want to turndown the case because they have seen him as nobody,he now called on Osun state Government,the Military and Police Heads to rally-round him by making the killers face the wrath of the law.
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