…As deceased’s wife demands release of the husband’s body
A petitioner, Mr Teslim Ibitoye, on Thursday narrated how he and his younger brother were shot by police over an offence they knew nothing about.
Ibitoye disclosed this in a petition at the resumed sitting of the Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra-Judicial Killings in the state capital.
He added that he was shot three times at different parts of his body when they visited a cousin at Erin-Osun in 2017, while his younger brother, Akeem Ibitoye, was shot died on the spot.
This is even as the wife of the deceased, Kafayat Ibitoye, urged the panel to prevail on the police authorities to release the corpse of her spouse that had been withheld and kept in the morgue since 2017.
The petitioners who had approached the panel for justice decried the brutality nature with which they were treated saying their family has not recovered from the irreparable loss suffered since the meted incident.
Narrating his ordeal at the hands of the police, Ibitoye revealed that he has been carrying a live bullet in his spinal cord since the incident occurre.
Ibitoye who was emotionally devastated said he needed to be taken overseas for an immediate medical operation to remove the bullet from his body.
He added: “On this fateful day, my younger brother and I went to see our cousin, one Mr Nureni at Erin-Osun. Though we didn’t meet him at home, when we called him, he asked us to wait for him. But immediately he joined us, all I heard were gunshots. I couldn’t phantom were the gunshots were coming from. All I could remember was that I suddenly became unconscious.